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CICS Ralph Ellison Holds Successful Food Drive

December 10, 2014

CICS Ralph Ellison students and staff pitched in to collect non-perishable food items during their annual food drive. read more …

CICS Scholar Wins State Award

November 24, 2014

Adrian M., of CICS Irving Park,received the "Outstanding Illinois Charter School 8th Grader" award from the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. Adrian, pictured here with his mother and his teacher, says, "If I'm asked if I like my school, I reply 'Of course I do!' My school means a lot to me because they want the best for us."

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CICS Prairie Families Receive Clothing Donations

November 17, 2014

As part of the Glencoe Schools Urban Suburban Fall Clothes Drive, CICS Prairie students and families received clothing donations during the month of October. The CICS Prairie community received over 300 bags of clothing for children and adults, which were sorted and distributed by school staff. read more …

Stepan Company Visits CICS Northtown

October 28, 2014

Through Teach for America, CICS Northtown’s science classes were treated to a visit from Stepan Company, an Illinois chemical manufacturer. Students got the chance to speak with Stepan scientists, receive guest-taught lessons, and do hands-on labs supporting their class curriculum.

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CICS Basil Scholars on the Path to Success

October 28, 2014

On Wednesday, October 15th, CICS Basil hosted a high school fair for all 7th and 8th grade scholars and their families.

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"Skills to Succeed" with CICS and Accenture

October 14, 2014

On Friday, October 10th, female students from CICS Northtown and CICS Longwood high schools joined volunteers from Accenture for the company’s “Skills to Succeed” kickoff event. read more …

CICS Longwood Holds "Taste of Longwood" Event

September 29, 2014

Longwood Staff Celebrate "Taste of Longwood"

CICS Longwood welcomed students, staff, families, and community members to their “Taste of Longwood” event held last Wednesday. With their slogan “We’re so good all you need is a taste!” CICS Longwood offered up a variety of delicious snacks and beverages during their take on “Taste of Chicago.”

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CICS Wrightwood Invites Families for Grandparents' Day

September 16, 2014

Last week, in an effort to increase family and community involvement with CICS schools, CICS Wrightwood hosted the grandparents of their kindergarten through second grade students for a morning of activities.

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CICS Prairie Celebrates Little League Champs

September 03, 2014

On September 2nd, CICS’s Prairie campus held a pep rally to welcome back Marquis and Joshua, members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team. The team received widespread support from fans across the country this summer as they made their way to the United States Little League Championship, which they won in August.

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CICS Board Member Alberta Johnson

August 13, 2014

Congratulations to Alberta Johnson, one of CICS's board members, was named to Diversity MBA Magazine's Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive and Emerging Leaders. read more …

The Productivity of Public Charter Schools

July 25, 2014

A recent study comparing traditional public schools and public charter schools on the basis of cost efficiency. read more …

CICS Northtown Alumni Gathering

May 30, 2014

CICS Northtown Academy hosted its first Alumni Gathering on May 23rd, 2014 as part of a new Alumni Engagement Initiative read more …

CICS Bucktown Students Meet the Mayor

May 20, 2014

On April 2nd, 16 middle school students from CICS Bucktown headed to the Loop in downtown Chicago to witness government in action, but only after proving their knowledge of government on paper. All of the students on the trip had recently passed their constitution exams, and they did so with the help of Sandra Murphy, an attorney turned super-volunteer who is a regular fixture at CICS Bucktown. read more …

CICS Wrightwood Alum Wins Top Honors for Colon Cancer Research

April 29, 2014

Keven Stonewall is tackling cancer before it begins, utilizing secondary immunology research to develop an experimental vaccine for colon cancer. His research won top honors at the 2013 Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) – the world’s largest pre-college science competition. Keven is also a published researcher in the Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer and has been presented with several awards throughout his community - all before graduating with his Bachelor’s degree. Keven is singularly doing the work of most postgraduate degree students. read more …

CICS Ralph Ellison Scholars share original poems at Poetry Night

April 29, 2014

As April comes to an end, the Schuler Scholar Program (SSP) at CICS Ralph Ellison is finishing the celebration of National Poetry Month. Through engaging Ellison Scholars with poems like the excerpt from Burroughs’ poem “What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black?” we have been able to celebrate as well as critically analyze poetry from African American poets. Similar to our Black History Month project, Ellison Scholars prepared and presented daily facts and read poetry during advisory announcements. read more …

PRESS RELEASE: CICS Irving Park students raise $6,300 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

April 28, 2014

CHICAGO – Students at a local campus of Chicago International Charter School (CICS) have rallied around a kindergarten student who is battling cancer, including record-breaking fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sophia Bahena, who will turn six on May 12, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (“ALL”) in January 2013, while she was a pre-school student at the Grover Cleveland Elementary School. She missed the second half of the school year to undergo a variety of treatments, including chemotherapy and several surgeries. read more …

PwC Chicago Invests in Financial Literacy and Youth Education with Local Organizations

April 14, 2014

A grant was also given to Chicago International Charter School (CICS) for $75,000 to support after school and enrichment programs on CICS campuses. CICS is a network of K-12 public charter schools with the mission to provide a college-preparatory education that meets the needs of today's student. As part of the grant, CICS also plans to implement a program based on the firm's Earn Your Future financial literacy curricula to create workshops for students in grades 3-12 at CICS Longwood. read more …

‘Selfies’ used for citywide art exhibit

April 11, 2014

Selfies have become a popular way for teens to express themselves and their own view of beauty and Ms. Thompson believed she could utilize this medium to get scholars talking about: Who am I? read more …

CICS Northtown scholars become stock brokers for a day

April 11, 2014

On March 1st, 2014 Northtown Academy scholars went to the Museum of Broadcast Communications to participate in the second annual Magnetar Ultimate Stock Challenge and first ever "meet the pros" day. read more …

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