Catalyst Maria and MKC partner with The Trotter Project

Top Chef Junior finalist Rahanna Bisseret Martinez and Anne Trotter (pictured below), sister of the late, world-famous chef Charlie Trotter visited Catalyst Maria’s on-campus partner Maria Kaupas Center (MKC) this morning! Twenty-five scholars in grades 8-11 were selected to participate in the 2018 Culinary Summer Camp, sponsored by The Trotter Project. The camp will be held at the MKC July 9-13, 2018, during which participating scholars will learn the basics of culinary arts and hospitality from a professional chef! Many thanks to The Trotter Project for their support of the MKC, Catalyst, and the Chicago Lawn community!

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Catalyst Maria STEAM EXPO 2018

Catalyst Maria held an exceptional STEAM EXPO 2018 on May 31, 2018! The second annual STEAM EXPO featured K-12 scholars exhibiting, performing, and demonstrating their accomplishments in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). The event also hosted a community resource fair and was incredibly well attended despite very warm temperatures! A HUGE shout out to all Catalyst Maria team members that made this such an inspiring event, with a special thank you to Mr. Sean Hamilton for his remarkable leadership and commitment of time and energy to make this event so incredible!

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Catalyst Graduations 2018

Please join the scholars, staff and school communities of Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria as they celebrate the graduations of our Kindergarten, 8th Grade and 12th Grade scholars at the dates and times below:

Catalyst Maria 12th Grade- June 7, 2018 at 6:00 PM at Catalyst Maria

Catalyst Circle Rock 8th Grade- June 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM at New Zion-1252 S Wolcott Ave.

Catalyst Maria 8th Grade- June 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Catalyst Maria

Catalyst Circle Rock Kindergarten- June 12, 2018 at 9:00 AM at Catalyst Circle Rock

Catalyst Maria Kindergarten- June 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Catalyst Maria

Catalyst Board of Directors Meeting Agenda 5.21.18

The Catalyst Board of Directors' will have their fourth scheduled meeting of the 2017-2018 school year on May 21, 2018. This meeting will be held at Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School, located at 5608 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60644 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

*Review and vote for approval of February 20, 2018 Finance Committee’s meeting minutes and February 26, 2018 Board of Directors’ meeting’s minutes

*Board review and vote of James Mendelson for a one-year renewal term for Catalyst Board of Directors.

*Board review and vote of Steven D’Souza for three-year renewal term for Catalyst Board of Directors.

*Board review and vote of Larry Williams as Vice-Chairperson of the Catalyst Board of Directors.

*Academic Committee

  • Catalyst Maria agreement with Chicago Public Schools review
  • SY17-18 academic updates

*Development Committee

  • FY18 YTD fundraising
  • Update on Catalyst Circle Rock auditorium fundraising

*Finance Committee

  • FY18 YTD review
  • FY19 preliminary budget discussion


Kehrein Center for the Arts video

Elevate Chicago created a beautiful video on the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kehrein Center for the Arts at Catalyst Circle Rock. The video is linked here, and to find out more and support this project, please contact Catalyst Director of External Relations Ed Siderewicz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Elevate Video

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Please join our efforts as a champion for changing lives at The Catalyst Schools. If you would like to speak with a Catalyst staff member about your donation, please call us at 773-295-7001.