Due to the extreme low temperatures forecasted for Thursday, February 19, 2015, Catalyst-Circle Rock, Catalyst Howland and Catalyst Maria will be CLOSED to scholars and staff. Please be safe during this weather!
The Catalyst Board of Directors' will recovene their February 9, 2015 meeting on February 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM. This meeting will be held at Catalyst Cirlce Rock Charter School, located at 5608 W. Washington Blvd. All Catalyst Board meetings are open to the public.
The agenda for this meeting will be:
*Update on charter renewal process/calendar and Catalyst next steps for Catalyst Howland Charter School
STEM programming continues to thrive at Catalyst! The images below illustrate Catalyst Maria junior scholars in their Project Lead The Way class working to become structural/civil engineers by building bridges on software, and then using wooden sticks to create their models. AMAZING work by PLTW teacher Mr. Ikramullah and his scholars!
January wrapped up with a celebratory and informative “Peace Party” at Howland. Our Restorative Justice Committee and respective student committee, C.A.L.M. (Culture Agent Liaison Members) and organized and facilitated a “Peace Party” for the 5th through 8th grades. During their lunch periods, the collective group of peace ambassadors distributed restorative practices bookmarks (encompassing 5 key restorative questions), peace sign pins, and yummy treats. They likewise engaged in conversations with their peers about the importance of having ‘restorative chats’ with school staff, friends and family members. The RJ Committee and C.A.L.M. crews were thrilled out the plethora of scholars excited to learn about restorative practices and desiring to play a key part in making positive change in their community. Check out a picture from the event below!
Additionally, some of Howland’s incredible young ladies (1st through 4th grades) attended ‘Fancy Nancy The Musical’ at the Apollo Theater. Characters from “The Mermaid Ballet” were cleverly featured in this charming musical, which centralized on social skills, manners and etiquette, and untangling feelings that all children experience. The Catalyst Howland scholars and staff loved singing along with the cast and enjoyed many laughs throughout the wonderful performance!
Catalyst and its partners at Circle Urban Ministries will host a meeting with 29th Ward Alderman Deborah Graham on February 12, 2015, and 37th Ward Alderman Emma Mitts on February 18, 2015. Both events will be held at 6:30 PM and light refreshments will be served. Community members are encouraged to attend and discuss items with their Alderman.