Alert: CICS Prairie Closed on Tuesday, January 28

CICS Prairie will remain closed on Tuesday, January 28 due to inclement weather. We expect school to resume as usual on Wednesday. Please stay connected to our website and/or Facebook page for updates and stay warm, Eagles!

Alert: CICS Prairie Closed on Monday, January 27

CICS Prairie will be closed on Monday, January 27 due to dangerously low temperatures. Please click or call for updates and stay warm, Eagles!

CICS Board Meeting Schedule

Please click here for information about CICS board meetings in 2014.

Invention Convention

Students showcased their skills and creativity at the annual CICS Prairie Invention Convention shortly before winter break. Over 150 students in grades 5-8 participated in the event. Our inventors were tasked with designing a new invention or process that solved a problem in some form or fashion. Entries included the “Super Sweater,” a sweater with expanding sides, a pencil case made entirely out of recycled material, and a Monopoly-like board game that helps its players lose weight!

Director’s Message

Click here to read the most recent monthly update from Ms. Baldino. Remember, it’s always one click away, under “Quick Parent Links,” on the right side of our site.

School Resumes on Wednesday, January 8

Please note that CICS Prairie will be open on Wednesday, January 8. We look forward to welcoming our students back for a great school day and a superb second half of the school year!

Alert: CICS Prairie Closed on Tuesday, January 7

CICS Prairie will be closed again on Tuesday, January 7, due to dangerously low temperatures. At this time, school is expected to be open on Wednesday. Please click or call for updates and continue to stay safe, Eagles!

Alert: CICS Prairie Closed on Monday, January 6

CICS Prairie will be closed on Monday, January 6, due to dangerously cold temperatures. Please click or call for updates and stay warm, Eagles!

NWEA Parent Toolkit

We invite our parents to click here for helpful information about upcoming NWEA tests.

Prairie Pride

Isis, a CICS Prairie kindergartner, sings the Prairie Pride song!

Healthy Recipes Now Available on CICS Prairie Website


Did you know that our health and wellness committee has shared a collection of kid friendly, healthy recipes? The recipe for English muffin breakfast pizzas is listed below. Visit our health and wellness page for many more!

English Muffin Breakfast Pizza
Serves: 4
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

4 English Muffins, 2 hard-boiled eggs, olive oil, sliced tomatoes, grated mozzarella, oregano, Kosher salt

1. Make hard-cooked eggs.
2. Toast 8 English-muffin halves and place on a cookie sheet.
3. Drizzle each with olive oil, then layer on tomato slices, hard-cooked egg slices (1/2 an egg each), and a little grated mozzarella.
4. Sprinkle with oregano and kosher salt.
5. Broil 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.

Calendar Revision

Distinctive Schools has changed the date of the early dismissal day in February. CICS Prairie will now dismiss students at 11:30 a.m. on February 12, 2014, and not on February 5, 2014, as previously planned. We will follow the regular Wednesday schedule on February 5. Please plan accordingly and contact us with any questions. Thank you!

CICS Prairie Recognizes National Junior Honors Society Inductees

CICS Prairie held the 2013-2014 National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) induction ceremony yesterday. The Prairie chapter of the NJHS emphasizes leadership, good character and service to the surrounding area. Members engage in local and national service projects that aim to give back to the community. Congratulations to the following middle school students, who were honored at the ceremony: Myron Lewis, Amala Okoye, Laniya Hudson, Mirna Roque Megan Lee, Justin Houston, Gabrielle Rivera, Kayla Kyles, Illie Benton, Christin Wright, and Armon Bailey. Great work, Eagles!

Clothing Drive Helps CICS Prairie Families in Need


CICS Prairie held its annual clothing drive last month. Thanks to the gracious donations provided by the Glencoe PTA, over six large crates of clothing items, accessories, coats, shoes and boots were dropped off for distribution. School staff and parent volunteers worked diligently to sort and organize the donations so that Prairie families could pick them up. We are grateful that so many of our families will stay warm this winter!

Drill Team Highlights

CICS Prairie middle school students Megan, Brianna, Denisha, Kelsey, and Antoinette practice their routine before drill team tryouts!

Smashing Success!

Did you know that CICS Prairie seventh grader Kenya Hill won a recent Junior Grand Prix tennis tournament at Homewood Flossmoor High School? Way to go, Kenya! You may remember this story from last school year about her dream to pursue tennis in high school, college, and beyond!

Eagles Run Pumpkins in the Park 5K

The CICS Prairie Run Club ran the Pumpkins in the Park 5K in Lincoln Park over the weekend. Led by Ms. Harkins, they’ve practiced twice a week this school year to prepare for their big race!

CICS Prairie Joins Schools Around the Nation to “Read for the Record”


CICS Prairie students and teachers recently participated in “Read for the Record,” a national campaign sponsored by Jumpstart Reading. The goal is to bring young children together with adults to read the same book on the same day, in communities all over the country. More than 400 CICS Prairie students and staff members came together in the gym to participate in a group “read-aloud” of the book Otis by Loren Long!

Golden Apple Nominations

Do you know a great teacher who deserves to be recognized?
Did you know that parents and students can nominate a teacher for the prestigious Golden Apple award given for excellence in teaching? Click here to nominate your teacher today!

Thank You, Charter Advocacy Supporters

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Town Hall meeting with CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. We have made a great first step in strengthening our parent voice and, as a result, will establish a charter school advisory board to support our advocacy efforts and bolster our campaign for equal funding.

Please contact Ms. Steinberg ( or Mrs. Pinto ( if you are interested in supporting future advocacy efforts.

Thank you!