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Ms. Fawaz selected as OneGoal Program Director at Catalyst Maria!

Catalyst's Maria's Director of College Readiness and Assessment Ms. Sasha Fawaz was recently selected as the OneGoal Program Director at Catalyst Maria! 

As a OneGoal Program Director, she will be a catalyst for student growth and achievement for the students in the high school at Catalyst Maria.

Great leaders like Ms. Fawaz are the heart of our work and the foundation of the OneGoal program model. As the nation’s only teacher-led college persistence organization, she will lead scholars to reach their full potential and graduate from college.

As it stands, only nine percent of CPS ninth graders are expected to graduate from college by age 25.  In stark contrast, 87 percent of OneGoal’s high school graduates have enrolled in college. Of those who enroll, 83 percent are persisting in college or have graduated with a college degree.

OneGoal has seen incredible school-wide impact as a result of our model. GPAs and ACT scores rise, with individual students, in classrooms and school-wide.  OneGoal will welcome Ms. Fawaz as part of a unique collaborative of talented educators who support each other, share best practices, and whose feedback enables us to continually improve upon our curriculum, program model and organization as a whole.   

Congratulations Ms. Fawaz and the Catalyst Maria team!

Catalyst Debuts New Network Videos!

Catalyst has developed videos over the past several months that highlight our mission and the incredible staff members and scholars that embody it! These videos are shared on the website Vimeo, where the world can view a snapshot of the life-changing work taking place every day at our schools! The videos can be accessed from the Vimeo icon on the bottom of our homepage or by clicking here!

Catalyst Maria Leaders to present at ACT Conference

Catalyst Maria's High School Principal Dawn Sandoval and Director of Instruction Elizabeth Ahrens will be presenters at the Illinois ACT 2014 annual conference, Remapping the Road to College and Career Readiness!  This event is being held on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the DoubleTree Chicago Oak Brook in Oak Brook, IL. The conference will have over 300 school counselors, administrators, and outreach representatives from Illinois’s postsecondary institutions in attendance. Mrs. Sandoval and Mrs. Ahrens will be presenting on:

Session Title: Blending Humanities and Writing with STEM to Increase Student Achievement

Session Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

Congratulations to Mrs. Sandoval and Mrs. Ahrens on this incredible accomplishment!

2014-2015 Catalyst Board of Directors Meetings

Board of Directors Scheduled Meetings 2014-2015:

Please see below for the scheduled dates, locations and times of the Board of Directors meetings for the 2014-2015 school year:

9/8/14- BOD Development Committee meeting- 8:30 AM, 500 W. Monroe

9/15/14- BOD Meeting- 1:00 PM at Catalyst-Circle Rock, 5608 W. Washington Blvd. 

11/17/14- BOD Meeting- 3:00 PM at Catalyst Howland, 1616 S. Spaulding Ave.

2/9/15- BOD Meeting- 3:00 PM at Catalyst Maria, 6727 S. California Ave.

4/27/15- BOD Meeting- 3:00 PM at Catalyst-Circle Rock, 5608 W. Washington Blvd. 

6/22/15- BOD Meeting- 3:00 PM at Catalyst Howland, 1616 S. Spaulding Ave.

No Tardy Party!!

Catalyst Howland celebrated its 1st Quarter “No Tardy Party” on Monday, November 11, 2014!  Catalyst Howland had 176 scholars with perfect attendance this quarter- WOW! Keep up the great work Tigers!

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