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CICS Lloyd Bond Scholars Win Community Art Contest

March 02, 2016

CICS Lloyd Bond scholars participated in the Chicago Police Department's 005th District Community Art Contest!

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Mr. Franklin: Building a Safe Community with CICS Prairie

February 26, 2016

Mr. Benjamin Franklin has worked with CICS for nearly 20 years. He began as a security guard at CICS Longwood then moved on to CICS Prairie when it first opened in 1998. In his time at CICS Prairie, Mr. Franklin has influenced the lives of hundreds of scholars as they advanced through the school. We caught up with Mr. Franklin to learn more about his time as CICS Prairie and what motivates him each day:

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Philanthropy at CICS Longwood

February 05, 2016

Through the holiday season to today, CICS Longwood scholars have been working on supporting their communities.

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Photos: Cooking with Cops, Bella Cuisine Kids Cooking Club, and CICS Wrightwood

February 05, 2016

Through Bella Cuisine Kids Cooking Club, CICS Wrightwood scholars joined with officers from the Chicago Police Department for an afternoon of healthy cooking and eating.

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Stepan Company Scientists Connect with CICS Scholars

February 03, 2016

Scientists from Stepan Chemical manufacturing company visit CICS Northtown Academy to connect with scholars in and out of the classroom.

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CICS Celebrates National School Choice Week

January 27, 2016

For National School Choice Week, CICS shares school pride and community engagement.

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CICS Scholar Wins Citywide Stock Portfolio Competition

December 28, 2015

Sheryl Acar, a CICS Northtown Academy scholar, takes first place in a mock stock portfolio competition and earns a $5,000 scholarship.

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CICS Lloyd Bond Celebrates Level 1+ Status

December 17, 2015

Take a look at how CICS Lloyd Bond scholars, teachers, and staff celebrate their hard work!

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Cross-Town Classic: CICS Northtown vs. CICS Ralph Ellison Basketball Game

December 07, 2015

Join CICS Northtown and CICS Ralph Ellison as their basketball teams go head-to-head December 9th! VIP passes for CICS elementary students are available.

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CICS Longwood Students Gain Real-World Experience through Genesys Works

November 24, 2015

Qwanisha T., a CICS Longwood senior, describes her path through Genesys Works, a program which connects students with internships and college and career preparation.

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Kenyan Boys Choir Visits CICS Bucktown

November 24, 2015

To celebrate their success and encourage them to keep up the great work, CICS Bucktown students were treated to a performance by the Kenyan Boys Choir as part of their participation in Free the Children, a movement to eliminate the exploitation of children around the world.

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Civitas Education Partners Welcomes New CEO

October 07, 2015

CICS is excited to announce that Dr. Garland Thomas-McDavid will be joining Civitas Education Partners as the new Chief Executive Officer.

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"Good Sports" Donates to CICS Schools

October 07, 2015

Thanks to the work of school directors and PE staff, CICS was able to apply for a grant supporting a donation of sporting equipment for each CICS school. Since receiving this donation from Good Sports, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing athletic equipment to schools in need, CICS schools will be able to replace some outdated sporting equipment, as well as provide more equipment to increase participation in PE activities.

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Positive Coaching Alliance Holds Workshop at CICS Northtown Academy

October 07, 2015

As part of their work to improve youth sports for student athletes, coaches, and parents, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) held a workshop for athletes at CICS Northtown this September.

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Help Support Friends of CICS Tennis

October 07, 2015

The US Tennis Association Chicago District and the Midwest Youth Tennis & Education Foundation have selected Friends of CICS Tennis (FCT) and its South Side Junior Tennis Camp to participate in a fundraising campaign- donate today!

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Senior Fit Club Plants Garden with CICS Lloyd Bond Students

October 07, 2015

Students from CICS Lloyd Bond joined senior citizens in TCA Health’s Senior Fit Club to plant vegetables in a new community garden!

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CICS Schools Begin New Year of Accenture Mentoring Program

October 07, 2015

Beginning September 2015, CICS kicked off another year of its mentoring program in partnership with Accenture, one of the world’s leading professional services companies.

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CICS Wrightwood Ushers in Wise, Great 8th Grade Class

September 01, 2015

CICS Wrightwood 8th Graders complete "Tied to Greatness" and "Pearls of Wisdom" Ceremonies

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Welcome Back to School!

September 01, 2015

CICS Scholars Kick of the 2015-2016 School Year!

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CICS Northtown Students Complete Piedmont Internship

July 30, 2015

or the past six summers, CICS Northtown Academy has partnered with Piedmont Realty Trust and offered a two week internship for students. This summer five young women were accepted into the program and had the experience of a lifetime. For two weeks the students toured various buildings in Chicago, met with different real estate brokers, architects, operating engineers, elevator mechanics, general contractors and property managers

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