Dear Cicero Prep Community,
A FULL WEEK OF EVENTS:
This week has been a remarkable display of much of the goodness and excellence that has been growing at Cicero since she opened in 2014. We finished the first quarter strong and began this quarter with eighth grade taking their first retreat to Slide Rock State Park and our twelfth grade class venturing to Cathedral Rock to work on their senior art project. Our ninth through eleventh grader students took the PSAT, tenth and eleventh graders had college 101 with Ms. Witz, and Spirit Club led us in an amazing spirit week and Homecoming pep rally. Yesterday we hosted our 3rd annual Joan of Arc Festival and celebrated a win for JV volleyball and a great competitive match for our varsity team.
There are a lot of great things happening in our community and if you would like to catch more of a glimpse, follow us on Instagram. Our Instagram feed is a collaboration between myself and student leaders, and a great way to see what your students' experience at Cicero is like inside and outside of the classroom. If you're on Instagram, I highly recommend following us.
Mr. Julian and I have been busy preparing the students and faculty for a strong quarter and visiting classrooms to see the good work that is being done. Today we listened in on a Socratic discussion, observed Calculus II, Latin IV, and Algebra/Trig. We were impressed by the strong community of learners: the collaboration between teachers and students in order to gain a deeper understanding of the material and the camaraderie between students as they sought to refine their mathematical thinking. This is what we aim for at Cicero. We watched as a young group of ninth graders split up into groups to open up a discussion about government and what its authority means and to what extent it its authority reaches. I was impressed with how the students listened to one another with respect and responded to one another's ideas and questions. There is a spark that many students have discovered in themselves and in others and it is continuing to permeate our school and cheer students on in the pursuit fo excellence.
I want to offer our sincerest gratitude to the many volunteers who have helped run and support the lunch program each day under the steady leadership of Mayline Rodriguez, who keep the vending machine stocked, who take on projects in the front office, who clean out the lost and found, who chaperone field trips, serve treats, and who often stop by and ask, "What can I do to help?" You have been an encouragement to the staff and faculty because of your willingness to support our community. Thank you to our PSO President, Christy Harrison, for dedicating her time and energy to serve the students, parents, and faculty at Cicero. Thank you to Desiree Vogel for her countless hours helping to make homecoming special for our students and for the many parents who showed up to help. Parents, we are sincerely grateful to you, and look forward to connecting more parents closely to the work at Cicero.
Manager of Operations