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.

Alert: CICS Jackson Closed on Monday, February 2

Due to extreme weather conditions, CICS Jackson will be closed on Monday, February 2. School is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, February 3.

Celebrating National School Choice Week!


“The right to choose CICS Jackson affords our families the opportunity to attend a school that educates, develops, nurtures, and supports every student!”

- Ms. Watson

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!

Alert: CICS Jackson Closed on Friday, January 9

Due to extreme weather conditions, CICS Jackson will be closed on Friday, January 9.

Alert: CICS Jackson Closed on Thursday, January 8

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

Alert: CICS Jackson Closed on Wednesday, January 7

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

Season of Giving

At CICS Jackson, we PRIDE ourselves on giving back to the families and community of Rockford. This year, we participated in a food drive sponsored by the Salvation Army to provide for families in need this holiday season. We also have a “Giving Tree” that staff members have adorned with hats and gloves to ensure that kids stay warm this winter. Happy holidays from CICS Jackson!

Happy Holidays!

MyON Winter Reading Extravaganza

Dear Parents,

CICS Jackson is providing you unlimited access to 5,000 digital books that you can access with a unique login and password during the winter break. The digital books include valuable reading supports— professionally narrated audio, highlighting, and an online dictionary. If your student doesn’t have login information, contact your teacher!

We encourage you to share in the excitement of myON with your child and let them lead you through the program. myON has over 5,000 books that cover all age groups, with fiction and nonfiction titles ranging from monsters and sports to biographies and health topics.


To further encourage you to share your reading experience over the holidays, you and your child could win a $100 VISA gift card by creating a 1-2 minute video that shows how much they love myON AND WHY! (Remember the video is a partner project. You and your child create the video together! Your child should be the main character & director and you are the producer (you send it to

Here are the important dates:

  • Winter Reading Extravaganza starts December 19 and ends January 9.
  • Top 3 schools that read the most books* during the Winter Extravaganza will receive $500
  • All videos need to be submitted by January 18. We will post links to these videos on our Twitter account (@myONreader), Facebook page myONFANCLUB) and our blog myONinaMinute.

Good Luck and Happy Reading!
The myON Team

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