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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.

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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.

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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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        District News

        No School Jan. 18: Honoring MLK's legacy
        • District 99 News
        Cicero District 99 schools and administrative offices are closed Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There is no remote learning.

        Superintendent Rodolfo Hernandez and the Board of Education would like to express their gratitude to King for his legacy on equity and social justice, and encourage the community to honor King's legacy by using today as an opportunity to learn about King, do good for others in the community and commit to inclusiveness and kindness for all.
        Read more about No School Jan. 18: Honoring MLK's legacy
        Keeping Cicero fed: District 99 partners with community leaders, businesses to host popup food pantry through June
        • District 99 News

        Cicero District 99 Superintendent Rodolfo Hernandez and School Board President Thomas Tomschin, along with Cicero Town President Larry Dominick and the Board of Trustees, are excited to announce the continuation of a collaborative community food distribution partnership for the start of 2021.

        Read more about Keeping Cicero fed: District 99 partners with community leaders, businesses to host popup food pantry through June
        No School January 15
        • District 99 News
        ATTENTION FAMILIES!
        There will be no school on Friday, Jan. 15. It has been designated as a Remote Learning Planning Day. We recommend that students complete 30 minutes of math and 30 minutes of reading on our online platforms

        ¡ATENCIÓN FAMILIAS!
        No habrá clases el viernes 15 de enero. Ha sido designado como día de planificación del aprendizaje remoto/híbrido. Recomendamos que los estudiantes completen 30 minutos de matemáticas y 30 minutos de lectura en nuestras plataformas.
        Read more about No School January 15
        IMPORTANT: Survey for student learning return preference
        • District 99 News
        Cicero District 99 is planning for the safe return of students and teachers into classrooms after winter break. If the metrics and guidance from the state agencies permit, the District plans to open classrooms to students on Monday, January 25, 2021.

        District 99 is asking all parents to complete the Hybrid/In-Person learning survey by Wednesday, December 23 at noon.

        Read more about IMPORTANT: Survey for student learning return preference
        Yuletide cheer and holiday greetings this Saturday at Unity
        • District 99 News

        2020 is the year that Christmas really needs saving, and thanks to Cicero District 99's community partnerships, the District is able to provide an opportunity for a holiday drive-thru event!

        Thanks to generous donations from Bimbo Bakery, Military Family United, the United States Census Bureau and the Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee, District 99 will be hosting Santa's Drive-Thru at Unity Junior High School this Saturday, Dec. 19 from 9-11 a.m.

        Read more about Yuletide cheer and holiday greetings this Saturday at Unity
        Streaming seasons greetings: Cicero District 99, Town of Cicero partner to bring annual Las Posadas program online
        • District 99 News

        Each year, Cicero District 99 teams up with the Town of Cicero and the Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee (CMCC) to celebrate the Hispanic culture of neighborhood families and ring in the Christmas season with Las Posadas, a traditional event which celebrates Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus and features holiday music, food and fellowship.

        And despite conditions with the pandemic limiting social gatherings this season, District 99 is still hoping to deliver holiday cheer and goodwill this December, this time, with a virtual presentation — "Cicero Celebrates Las Posadas."

        Read more about Streaming seasons greetings: Cicero District 99, Town of Cicero partner to bring annual Las Posadas program online
        Introducing...The D99 Thanksgiving Challenge!
        • District 99 News

        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.
        Read more about Introducing...The D99 Thanksgiving Challenge!
        Perseverance through leadership: District 99 board recognized for community dedication on IL School Board Members Day
        • District 99 News

        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.

        Read more about Perseverance through leadership: District 99 board recognized for community dedication on IL School Board Members Day
        D99 to celebrate annual Day of the Dead festival with virtual program
        • District 99 News

        For the past several years, Cicero District 99 has embraced the Mexican culture of its community through encouraging the education and celebration of Day of Dead ("Dia de los Muertos"), the Mexican holiday which involves family and friends coming together to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed away, helping support the spiritual journeys of the deceased.

        And, though things undoubtedly look different this year with remote learning and social distancing due to COVID-19, District 99 remains dedicated to honoring the cherished district tradition of Day of the Dead — albeit all virtual.

        On Monday, Nov. 2 from 4-5 p.m., District 99 will be teaming up with the Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee for an hour-long online celebration, which will be livestreamed on the District website as well as the District's Facebook and YouTube channel.

        Read more about D99 to celebrate annual Day of the Dead festival with virtual program
        Celebrate National Principals Month with Cicero District 99
        • District 99 News

        October is National Principals Month, and this week, Cicero District 99 is highlighting all of the principals in the district!

        Each principal brings their own unique leadership style to Cicero, helping students, staff and families along the road to excellence!

        On behalf of Superintendent Rodolfo Hernandez, the board of education and the entire District 99 community, thank you, principals, for all that you do!

        Read more about Celebrate National Principals Month with Cicero District 99
        Continued care for the community: D99, Cicero organizations partner for one-day popup food pantry
        • District 99 News

        Dozens of community volunteers flocked to the main entrance of Cicero's Unity Junior High School during the morning hours of Thursday, Oct. 22, unloading boxes and bagging produce and baked goods for distribution during Cicero's one-day popup food pantry for locals in need.

        Read more about Continued care for the community: D99, Cicero organizations partner for one-day popup food pantry
        Orange you glad you're not a bully? D99 decorates buses, wears orange for Unity Day
        • District 99 News
        To celebrate Unity Day 2020, Cicero District 99 administrators, teachers and staff decorated school buses on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to stand together against bullying and violence in Cicero schools and the community.

        Unity Day is PACER National Bullying Prevention Center's annual event, encouraging educators and students across the United States to unite together against bullying and unite for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

        Read more about Orange you glad you're not a bully? D99 decorates buses, wears orange for Unity Day
        99 in :99 (Oct. 13, 2020)
        • District 99 News

        In this week's episode, Superintendent Rodolfo Hernandez wants to make sure the community knows what the District's schools look like, from office check-in procedures and sanitizers throughout the buildings, to desks spaced apart in classrooms and social distancing markers placed throughout the buildings.


        Read more about 99 in :99 (Oct. 13, 2020)
        Not in person but still in need: Lincoln students, teachers receive hundreds of dollars worth of school supplies and personal items
        • District 99 News

        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.

        Read more about Not in person but still in need: Lincoln students, teachers receive hundreds of dollars worth of school supplies and personal items
        District 99 celebrates custodians, tireless efforts during pandemic
        • District 99 News

        Thank you custodians!

        In honor of National Custodian Day this past Friday, Oct. 2, Cicero District 99 would like to highlight one of its groups of frontline workers for their dedication throughout this pandemic and their efforts of keeping all staff and community members safe and healthy!

        Not all heroes wear capes! Thank you for saving lives!

        Read more about District 99 celebrates custodians, tireless efforts during pandemic
        District 99, Riveredge Hospital to co-host virtual mental health roundtable for regional support for student and staff mental well-being
        • District 99 News

        Like school districts across the county, Cicero District 99 has adapted to the challenges presented by COVID-19 by kicking off the school year in full remote learning. However, while working tirelessly to ensure students, parents and staff are supported while virtually bringing the classroom to the home, District 99 remains dedicated to maintaining something equally as crucial as a quality education — mental health support.

        On Tuesday, Sept. 22, District 99 will be partnering with Riveredge Hospital in Forest Park to co-host a virtual School-Based Mental Health Roundtable discussion, inviting local educators and mental health professionals to collaborate on best practices in addressing student and staff mental health, as well as working through developing social and emotional supports during remote learning.

        Read more about District 99, Riveredge Hospital to co-host virtual mental health roundtable for regional support for student and staff mental well-being
        99 in :99 (Sept. 3, 2020)
        • District 99 News

        The new school year has started in the most unconventional way, but Superintendent Rodolfo Hernandez is here with another message of positivity and praise for staff and parents who have helped their children get started on the right foot with Remote Learning!


        Read more about 99 in :99 (Sept. 3, 2020)
        School Supply Parades help D99 families celebrate remote start to school year
        • District 99 News
        Half of Cicero District 99's schools hosted their School Supply Parades this past Friday, welcoming students and families back to campus for a chance to say "hello" to teachers and administrators and pick up a set of new school supplies to before the new school year begins remotely next Monday.

        Check out our photos from Roosevelt/Liberty, Wilson, Lincoln, Drexel, Cicero East/Cicero West, Sherlock and Unity.
        Read more about School Supply Parades help D99 families celebrate remote start to school year
        99 in :99 (Aug. 21, 2020)
        • District 99 News

        As District 99 prepares for the start of the new school year in full remote learning, Superintendent Rodolfo Hernandez shares a new episode of "99 in :99" with the community, including information about the District providing school supplies and the importance of staying tuned to the District's technology help resources and news updates.

        Read more about 99 in :99 (Aug. 21, 2020)
        Opening doors by walking the green: Recent Unity grads introduced to Riverside Golf Club caddy program, Chick Evans Scholarship
        • District 99 News

        Rita Tarullo, the assistant superintendent and chief financial officer for Cicero District 99, knows a thing or two about coming from humble beginnings and the importance of working hard as a teen to help make dreams of obtaining a college education a reality.

        Read more about Opening doors by walking the green: Recent Unity grads introduced to Riverside Golf Club caddy program, Chick Evans Scholarship

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