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 msaric@myON.com)

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

PS. Don’t miss some fun activities from our publishing partner Warner Bros.! Visit our website at www.thefutureinreading.myon.com/2015winterreading!

Slime Time!

CICS Jackson 4th and 5th graders made slime during an in-house chemistry field trip last week!

Hour of Code Pictures

Hour of Code

Social-Emotional Learning Component Crucial to Student Success

Students at CICS Jackson are building positive relationships with our school Social Worker, Ms. Tirah Brown. Each week, Ms. Brown spends time with one middle school team to discuss which social skills students must possess in order to function as contributing members of the middle school community. Our students are currently exploring accountability and empathy. The main objective of these weekly discussions is to unify all five middle school teams, helping every student see how he or she is part of a living, breathing family of young adult learners. CICS Jackson has a shared vision for this school year- to design a character education course that takes place each Wednesday. We have acknowledge that we, as a school community, would benefit from guidance in developing problem solving, organization, stress management, social skills, and feelings related to our personal identities. While the scheduling may be difficult, we recognize that social-emotional learning skills are integral to academic acceleration.

Thanksgiving myON® Reader Contest


Could your child be the top myON® reader over Thanksgiving break? Every student at CICS Jackson is eligible to participate in the “Thankful for myON Readers Contest,” where the top reader (most minutes read) from each grade level will be entered in a quarterly raffle for a Kindle Fire HD. All your child has to do is log on and start reading between Wednesday, November 26 and Monday, December 1. As a bonus, each student that reads 20 minutes each day over the break (20 minutes x 5 days= 100 minutes) will receive a special prize from his or her classroom teacher! Look for a flyer with more information about the contest in your child’s take-home folder. We are grateful to our PTO for proudly sponsoring this event!

CICS Jackson Science Fair

CICS Jackson will host its inaugural science fair on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the school gym. Parents are invited to view the vast array of science projects and hear presentations from each grade level’s winning students. We are very excited to see how students used the inquiry process to test out their hypotheses!

Teacher of the Week: Ms. Heidemann


This week, we highlight Ms. Heidemann!

What college did you attend?
I attended NIU for my undergraduate degree in Hospitality Administration and University of Phoenix for my Masters degree in Elementary Education.

How long have you been in education?
I have working in education for almost one full year. I worked in hospitality administration prior to finishing my masters in education for 4 years as a catering manager, food and beverage manager and marketing representative for a restaurant.

What do you love most about CICS Jackson?
I love that CICS Jackson really stresses the importance of differentiated instruction. In order for all students to succeed in their education, they need to be met at their current levels of learning.

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
My favorite thing to do on the weekend is hang out my husband, visit family and friends and spend lots of time with my adorably energetic dog named Lily.

Where would your dream vacation be and what would you do?
My dream vacation would be to visit Italy. I love everything about their warm, inviting culture (and their food, of course)!

Who is someone you look up to?
I look up to my mom. She is a teacher in town as well and gives me inspiration daily to be a better teacher and person in general. She has an amazing level of patience and belief in all of her students. She has a way of finding every student’s strengths and taking them to a level where they can shine!