Catalyst Maria Educator Open House 3.21.18

Catalyst is seeking passionate and dynamic educators to join our elementary and high school teams for the 2018-2019 school year.  On Wednesday March 21, 2018 Catalyst will provide interested educators with an overview of the Catalyst mission and educational philosophy as well as details on the unique programming provided at our schools. Driven by a mission of teaching minds and touching hearts, Catalyst offers educators a collaborative school community grounded in leadership and growth coupled with exceptional salary and benefit offerings.  To register for the March 21st event, please RSVP here, and to learn more our schools and apply online, please visit Join Our Team section on the Catalyst website.

Catalyst scholar selected for prestigious research program

Catalyst Maria HS scholar Chris A, Class of 2019, was recently accepted into the researcHStart program with the University of Illinois Cancer Center/University of Chicago.  This program includes eight weeks of full-time work over the summer in biomedical research, mentoring from leading medical researchers, support for career development, and skill-building workshops/seminars.  Chris was chosen as one of 24 accepted students in the largest applicant pool to date competing with students across Chicago Public Schools.  Chris won this year’s Catalyst Maria High School science fair (pictured below) and is a current candidate in the city-wide fair as well.  His accomplishments in science also include passing the AP Biology exam in his sophomore year at Catalyst.  We are SO PROUD of you Chris!


CA science fair

Catalyst Maria ES scholars perform at Symphony Center!

Last week 50 CMES scholars had their first performance as part of the Chicago Children’s Choir program. This CCC program was in honor of Black History Month and took place on the stage of Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center (pictured below). Great work by CMES scholars and their staff leaders!


Catalyst Board of Directors Meeting Agenda 2.26.18

The Catalyst Board of Directors' will have their third scheduled meeting of the 2017-2018 school year on February 26, 2018. This meeting will be held at Catalyst Maria Charter School, located at 6727 S. California Ave. Chicago, IL 60629 and will be from 3:00-5:30 PM.

All Catalyst Board meetings are open to the public.  In accordance with OMA, the agenda for this meeting is below:

*Welcome and mission moment

  • Roundtable with students and parents from Catalyst Maria
  • Check-in with the Maria Kaupas Center at Catalyst Maria
  • SY2017-2018 mid-year academic check-in

*Review and vote for approval of November 16, 2017 Finance Committee’s meeting minutes and November 20, 2017 Board of Directors’ meeting’s minutes

*Academic Committee  

*Development Committee

  • YTD on FY18 fundraising goal
  • 2018 auditorium groundbreaking and annual event updates
  • Update on Catalyst Circle Rock auditorium fundraising

*Finance Committee

  • FY18 YTD review
  • Action: Recommendation to proceed with construction loans from MB financial (vote required)


Catalyst Board of Directors' Finance Committee Meeting Agenda 2.20.18

Catalyst Schools- Board of Directors

Finance Committee Meeting

February 20, 2018 1:00-3:30 pm


MB Financial

800 West Madison St.

Chicago, IL 60607



*Review proposal of Catalyst Circle Rock auditorium project financing with vote on recommendation to full Board of Directors

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