Buy Uniforms, Help Our School!

uniform-french-toast-cicsjacksonCICS Jackson has joined French Toast’s Dollars In Uniform Program!™ Our school will earn 5% cash back on every uniform order placed by phone (1.800.373.6248) or at Enter the source code QS45KDK at checkout to ensure credit. The CICS Jackson dress code is also available on French Toast’s website.

In sum, just follow these instructions:
1. Visit and select “Shop By School” in the main navigation menu
2. Enter our school code: QS45KDK
3. Select “CICS Jackson”
4. Shop using our school’s dress code list

Congratulations, Class of 2015!

Ms. Watson and the CICS Jackson Class of 2015!

CICS Jackson Art Show

Our spring art show was simply awesome. Thanks to our kids for sharing their creations and to Ms. Scherbarth for bringing out the best in our budding young artists!

Parent/Caregiver Survey

2015-2016 School Calendar

Please click here to view the 2015-2016 CICS Jackson School Calendar.

CICS Board Meeting: May 19

Update: The CICS board meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, has been moved to the following date:

Tuesday, May 19
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
CICS Network Office
11 East Adams, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60603

CICS board meetings are open to the public. Please call (312) 651-5000 for more information.

Let it Grow!

Ms. Snider’s middle school reading resource class read a book called Seedfolks about a communal garden that revitalizes the general community of the impoverished neighborhood in which it was created. In response to the reading, her students decided to develop their own community garden here at CICS Jackson. We are currently growing collards, cucumber, broccoli, calendula, lemon balm, peas, and Thai peppers. We would like to encourage other students, parents, staff, and community members to make their own gardens, and to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor when they ripen!

Archaeology: Can You Dig It?


To celebrate the end of their science unit on fossils, CICS Jackson third graders acted as archaeologists and excavated chocolate chips from cookies! The students first mapped their “dig site” (the cookie) and any “bones” (chocolate chips) that were evident. Then, they used toothpicks and cotton swabs to see how many chocolate chips they could cleanly “excavate” from the cookies!

Super Centers!

CICS Jackson first graders enjoy participating in center rotations as they play sight word games on their iPods, create Thinking Maps, and practice writing sentences on whiteboards!

Life Cycle Projects

CICS Jackson 3rd graders exercised voice and choice when it came to showing mastery in their latest science block about life cycles. Students used materials from home in combination with flow maps to sequence the life stages of various animals. The projects are unique and, best of all, they were created at home with parent support!

PARCC Assessment

In March, CICS Jackson 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 their mastery towards Common Core State Standards at an upcoming family event.

Please join us at one of our Black History Celebrations on February 26 or February 27 (2:00 p.m.) to also find out how you can help prepare your child at home. Look for more details about the celebrations in your child’s take-home folder. In the meantime, please click the following link for more information about the PARCC assessment:

The PARCC website offers several practice tests for students in grades 3-8:

English Language Arts Practice Tests | Math Practice Tests


Black History Celebrations


We invite you to join us in honoring Black History Month.

Our kids will deliver a variety of exciting performances, including spoken word, songs, dances, and skits!

CICS Jackson Black History Celebration
February 26 at 2:00 p.m. for families of students in grades K-4.
February 27 at 2:00 p.m. for families of students in grades 5-8.

CICS Board Meeting: February 10

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.

After School Clubs

We still have openings in several after school clubs! Click here to download a registration form. Completed forms are due on Friday, February 6. For a menu of available options, please click here.

School Resumes on Tuesday, February 3

Please note: Classes at CICS Jackson will resume on Tuesday, February 3.