CICS Video Contest

CICS is launching a new fundraising initiative called “Every Child, Every Day” and we want our scholars to participate. Click here to find out how your child can win two iPads – one to keep and one for his or her teacher!

School Resumes January 9

Please note: School will resume on Friday, January 9. We look forward to another great school day!

Alert: CICS Bucktown Closed on Thursday, January 8

Due to extreme weather conditions, CICS Bucktown will be closed on Thursday, January 8. School is scheduled to resume on Friday, January 9.

Alert: CICS Bucktown Closed on Wednesday, January 7

Due to extreme weather conditions, CICS Bucktown will be closed on Wednesday, January 7. School is scheduled to resume on Thursday, January 8.

Hour of Code

Cody the Computer paid us a visit recently during our “Hour of Code!”

Fiestas Navideñas


CICS Bucktown held its inaugural Fiestas Navideñas on Thursday, December 11. Attended by about 250 people, the event featured storytelling, crafts, music, piñatas, traditional holiday treats, and much more! Thanks to our Bilingual Advisory Committee for a wonderful evening of family fun and cultural celebration!

Social-Emotional Learning Efforts Benefit Everyone at CICS Bucktown

CICS Bucktown has made social-emotional learning a priority in order to help students acquire tools that will make them responsible for their learning and work safely and respectfully with others. Our school also has partnered with Free the Children and We are the Change to facilitate leadership opportunities for students. These organizations have provided assemblies for our kids that cover topics such as anti-bullying and have presented opportunities for students to impact change in their school and community. We are currently working with two cohorts of students. One is a social justice group, led by Dean of Students Kory Kliebert, that has completed their first community project entitled, “We Scare Hunger,” in which they facilitated a school-wide food drive for a local food pantry. The other group is an anti-bullying group, led by social workers Akua Agyeman and Christina Segreti, and counseling intern Matthew Pedersen. The group facilitates action plans, created by the students, to prevent bullying at CICS Bucktown. Our students are working together to be agents of change and promote social emotional-learning among their peers, and we love it!

‘Tis the Season for Winter Reading Contest


Calling all Eagles!

We are pleased to announce the CICS Bucktown myON® Winter Reading Contest! Here’s how it works…

Read 1,000 minutes on myON® reader between November 24 and January 4, and you will receive a free T-shirt to wear with jeans every Friday until spring break!

Please be sure to choose books from your “recommended list” to ensure that you are reading at your appropriate Lexile level. Need help? Ask a teacher or administrator!

CICS Refer-a-Friend Reminder

Reminder: Refer a friend by tomorrow, November 7, for a chance to win a $200 Target gift card.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

To refer (What you need to do):

1. Alert a friend or family member who wants to enroll his or her children at CICS.

2. Have your friend or family member follow the steps in the “to apply” section below.

3. Contact your friend or family member and make sure he or she has applied!

By referring a friend, you will then be entered in a drawing to win a $200 gift card to Target. Your friend(s) must apply for you to be entered! Only one referral winner will be chosen.

To apply (What your friend or family member needs to do):

1. Visit

2. Fill in your information and click “create account” when complete.

3. Enter your student’s information.

Under “How did you hear about us?” Select “other.”

Enter the first name, last name, and email address of the friend who referred you.

The person applying must enter the referring person’s information to be eligible, then the applicant will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift card to Target. Only one applicant winner will be chosen.

Enter by November 7, 2014

Music Makes Us Happy!

A day in the life of Dr. Keith “Doc” Hampton and our CICS Bucktown music students…

Please Abide by Traffic Rules and Procedures

Please click here to read an important message from the Chicago Police Department regarding drop-off and dismissal procedures. We will need everyone’s cooperation to ensure that our drop-off and pick-up procedures run safely and smoothly. Thank you!

Social Justice Group Initiates Food Drive


CICS Bucktown middle school students have started a social justice group this year that will focus on raising awareness and funds for both a local and global cause. Our students have chosen to focus on helping the homeless and hungry for their local cause and education in Sierra Leone for their global cause. They have been working extremely hard to plan a food drive for next week (Oct 27-31) and will be donating all the proceeds to the Lakeview Food Pantry.

Homerooms will be rewarded for reaching goals of 100, 250, and 500 items. We are really looking forward to collecting and donating a substantial amount of products to help battle hunger in Chicago. Please lend a hand by donating a non-perishable food item next week.

High-need items include: Peanut butter & jelly, canned beef stew, canned fruit, bottled juice, and canned tuna.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Distinctive Schools High School Fair


Join us for the 4th Annual Distinctive Schools High School Fair at CICS Bucktown on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Take advantage of this great opportunity to gather information about the many high school options available in the City of Chicago. CICS Bucktown parents are encouraged to attend from 10:40-11:40 a.m.

High School Counseling Sessions and Important Information

Scheduling a Session
As the high school application and selection process ramps up, we recommend at least one 45-60 minute guidance counseling session to help you navigate the wide variety of school choices. Please click here to schedule a session with Ms. Pullappally. She looks forward to meeting with you and your student(s). Please click here to access a document that outlines the many available options and action plans.


Scholarship Options
Please click here for information about various scholarship options. The Daniel Murphy Scholarship application is due October 24, 2014.

High School Fairs
The Daniel Murphy High School Fair (private schools) will be held at Saint Ignatius on Monday, October 13 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Stay tuned for information about Distinctive Schools’ upcoming high school fair!

Reminder: No School on Monday, October 13


Have a great three-day weekend, CICS Bucktown Buddies!

Costume Fundraiser

Have you started shopping for your Halloween costume yet? When you order costumes or party supplies from, you’ll get 10% off your order and CICS Bucktown will receive 15% of your total purchase. Just enter the following promo code: FUN4095

2015-2016 Applications

Applications for the 2015-2016 school year are now available.

Apply online today!

Download an application: English | Español

Questions? Call the CICS Network Office at 312-651-5000.



Bucktown Buddies

CICS Bucktown has started a new buddy program! The process began at the end of last school year when middle school students took a survey detailing their needs and wants at school. Over the summer, a group of five teachers met to analyze the survey and accommodate the needs of our almost 700 students. From this student survey it was clear that students were thirsty for positive peer and teacher relationships. We brainstormed how to make this happen and one quote repeatedly resurfaced throughout the conversations, “They’re not my kids, they are our kids,” a message that students at CICS Bucktown do not answer to any one teacher or cohort of peers, necessarily. It is the job and responsibility of everyone to nurture all students. Consequently, we decided that “Bucktown Buddies” would include consistent peer and teacher mentorship, both by students’ homeroom teachers and by staff from varying subjects and grade levels.

Bucktown Buddies consists of three groups – “Bigs” (students in grades 6-8), “Littles” (students in grades 3-5), and “Minis” (students in grades K-2). Each group has at least three students and every student has different responsibilities as a mentor. The program kicked off on the third day of school and each member of the buddy family, led by at least two teachers, was linked with a specific buddy from another family. As expected, students were shy and reserved at first but it was incredible to see how the Bigs (or sometimes the Littles!) took responsibility and facilitated conversations in order to learn more about their buddies.

One major aspect of “Bucktown Buddies” is that students sit with their buddies during Friday assemblies, the Big in the middle, flanked by a Little and Mini at either side). This has been a fabulous change for our assemblies because the students hold one another accountable. Even if someone from a different buddy family is not following directions, a Big, Little or even Mini will help correct their behavior – a solid example of, “Not my kids, but our kids.”

We will not have an assembly on the last Friday of each month so the time can be designated solely for buddy group activities. Future buddy activities include school-wide art projects, study sessions, peer meditation, and community service field trips in the spring!

SEHS Open House Dates

The following selective enrollment high schools (SEHS) will host open house events for prospective families this fall. For more information about the application process, please call the CPS Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060. It’s never too early to get a jump on your high school plans!

Brooks College Prep High School
250 E 11th St
November 1, 2014
9:00 a.m. to Noon

Northside College Prep High School
5501 N Kedzie Ave
October 26, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Jones College Prep High School
606 S State St
October 18, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Payton College Prep High School
1034 N Wells Ave
November 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

King College Prep High School
4445 S Drexel Blvd
November 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. to Noon

South Shore International High School
1955 E 75th St
November 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. to Noon

Lane Tech High School
2501 W Addison St
November 2, 2014
Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Westinghouse High School
3223 W Franklin Blvd
November 8, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lindblom Math & Science Academy
6130 S Wolcott Ave
November 1, 2014
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Young Magnet High School
211 S Laflin St
October 19, 2014
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Save the Date: CICS Northtown Open Houses

CICS Northtown invites prospective parents and students to open house events on the following dates:


Saturday, November 1 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Monday, December 8 from 4:45 to 7:45 p.m.

Please visit the CICS Northtown website for more information.