April is “Reading Month” at CICS Bucktown and we’re kicking it off with an exciting myON reading contest! Click here for details.
Join us at Chuck E. Cheese (1830 W Fullerton) on Thursday, April 10 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. for some FUNdraising!
15% of all proceeds will directly benefit CICS Bucktown!
You can also sign up electronically by clicking here.
If you sign up to take this day trip with us, your child will receive a free dress down day!
We are proud to provide technological experiences for CICS Bucktown students in grades K-8.
Here’s an update about the use of technology across grade levels:
Our 2nd grade blended learning model utilizes iPads during guided reading to access myON, which lets them read books at their lexile level and focus on comprehension skills that are linked to DesCartes (NWEA.) The entire grade is also able to use Reading Assistant for at least an hour each week to enhance fluency, vocabulary, and various comprehension skills. During math, all teachers are running centers and one of the groups is using ixl.com on the iPad and focusing on students’ lowest NWEA strand.
The best way to describe the use of technology in grades 3-5 would be like describing any one important part of a well-balanced diet. Teachers use technology regularly not only as a tool for engagement, but to prepare students for life in a technological world! Interactive whiteboards, iPads, iPods, and laptops are used on a regular basis.
Fifth graders have begun using Reading Assistant. Students in science use computers for online simulations when materials are not present or feasible to purchase. And, most math classrooms have an IXL center in math!
CICS Bucktown middle school students are using technology to help them reach their NWEA goals. During Period 4 Differentiated Block, technology has become the main tool in differentiating for students’ learning needs. In math, students work on Kahn Academy lessons catered specifically to their RIT level, DesCartes and CFA data. In Reading, students are using iPads to access Myon, an online reading library, which recommends books to them based on a placement test and reading interest inventory. Other students are using Reading Assistant, an online reading program that builds both fluency and comprehension. Both MyON and Reading Assistant are available for home use! Email Mrs. Pullappally to find out more.
We are excited to announce two new programs that we are piloting at CICS Bucktown. We have established a partnership with Amplify, a company that has created a student-learning tablet that accesses a diverse group of educational applications, and also with LEAP Innovations, an organization that works with educational software companies. These programs will begin in April.
The CICS Bucktown Cheerleading Squad competed in their first competition of the year on Friday, February 28 at Northwest Middle School. We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication they’ve put forth so far this year. Should they finish the regular season in the top six, they will move on to Chicago’s citywide competition later this month.
Good luck, CICS Bucktown Cheerleading Squad!
Do you know any families that would like to apply to CICS Bucktown? If so, please remind them to join us at our open house for prospective parents on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. We look forward to welcoming them!
Thanks to your advocacy efforts, CICS has earned substantial funding that was owed to charter schools! Help us further bolster our equal funding advocacy efforts by joining us in Springfield on April 8. Stay tuned to our website and/or Facebook page for impending details.
Did you know that NWEA MAP scores are predictors of future ACT benchmark scores and, therefore, are valid indicators of college readiness? Your child’s scores are provided by the classroom teacher for Fall, Winter and Spring. Click the image below to enlarge it and then locate where your child currently ranks in terms of college readiness.
Are you interested in applying to CICS Bucktown? If so, please join us at our open house for prospective parents on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. We look forward to welcoming you!