11530 S Prairie Ave
Chicago, IL 60628
Distinctive Schools produces Family Matters, a monthly electronic newsletter, to keep parents and families informed about news and activities throughout our network of schools.
CICS Prairie 3rd graders responded to a request from Lurie Children’s Hospital by creating and sending Valentine’s Day cards to patients!
In March, CICS Prairie will administer the PARCC Performance Based Assessment for students in grades 3-8 (English Language Arts and Math). We invite you to learn more about the assessment and how students will be able to demonstrate mastery towards Common Core State Standards. Please click the following link for more information: parcconline.org/frequently-asked-questions
The music programs at CICS Irving Park, CICS Prairie, and CICS West Belden have united to bring you three special performances that celebrate the multicultural magic of music! Join us for the inaugural…
Distinctive Schools Music Festival
Monday February 23 at CICS West Belden (2245 N McVicker)
CICS Prairie & CICS West Belden perform at 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, February 26 at CICS Prairie
CICS Irving Park & CICS Prairie perform at 11:00 a.m.
Monday, March 2 at CICS Irving Park (3820 N Spaulding)
CICS West Belden & CICS Irving Park perform at 10:30 a.m.
CICS Prairie welcomed Alderman Anthony Beale and his legislative aide, Nick Smith, for a school tour last week. Both commented on how every teacher was engaged with the students and noted how staff and students seemed genuinely happy! The positive experience will go a long way in strengthening our school-community relationship and advocacy efforts. As a result of the meeting, we will be working together to try and acquire a vacant lot space so our kids have a safe “green space” to play. Alderman Beale was also very impressed with our student tour guide, Julisa Clark. He is following up with her about a potential private tour of Gwendolyn Brooks High School as she navigates the high school selection process. Keep up the great work, Prairie!
CICS Prairie celebrated National School Choice Week during our quarterly honors assembly last Friday. Students were awarded with A honors, A/B honors, most improved, citizenship, MLK essay, and attendance awards. Families and students also enjoyed performances by Ines and Jacinda, Josiah singing James Brown, an original rap by the School Choice Girls, and a Zoomba line dance by the School Choice Dance Club!
The next CICS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 10 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the CICS Network Office (11 E Adams, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60663). CICS Board Meetings are open to the public.
“The right to choose CICS Prairie means that our families can attend a school that embraces student voice and choice in setting personalized goals… a place where students create a path to success!”
– Ms. Shaw
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!
More pictures from the holiday show…
This week, our students showcased songs and dances at the CICS Prairie Winter Wonderland Holiday Show. We want to thank every supportive parent who attended the performance. Above, 3rd grade shares their stirring rendition of the holiday classic, “Let It Snow!” Happy holidays, Eagles!
Last week, our 4th-8th grade students participated in the CICS Prairie Science Fair. Our middle school students worked really hard designing experiments that followed the scientific method and presenting the results to their classmates. Under the guidance of Ms. Noone and Ms. Brown, the students conducted peer evaluations to determine who would move on to the actual judging in the multi-purpose room. While it was difficult, they eventually managed to narrow the field and award top honors to a few of the students and boards pictured above. Congratulations to each of our winners!
Our middle school students explored potential next steps today at the CICS Prairie High School Fair, where representatives from 14 area high schools shared information with our kids. Eighth grader Ines appreciated the opportunity, stating, “I learned new information about a lot of high schools so I can be more prepared and comfortable throughout the recruiting process!”
CICS Prairie 5th graders just finished a unit on fashion design in which a lesson asked kids to design a costume for Ms. Torres. One student’s design was chosen and Ms. Torres brought his design to life!
Congratulations to Flavio Rodriguez!
CICS Prairie 8th graders worked in groups to create a three-layered rhythmic ostinato. First, our kids created the rhythms. Next, they made decisions about which percussion instruments would sound best for each part. And last but not least, they performed it… for you!