Catalyst Circle Rock awarded Leader in Me grant!

We are honored to announce Catalyst Circle Rock has been awarded a national Leader in Me grant this week!  This grant will support the school's journey to become a Leader in Me Lighthouse school, a program and process that honors and develops scholar, staff and school community leaders!


This achievement was the result of the efforts of the entire school community to embed the Leader in Me principles into their daily habits. Catalyst Circle Rock joins Catalyst Maria as participants in this incredible program.


Congratulations to the Catalyst Circle Rock community and thank you to Leader in Me!

Leader in Me

Catalyst Schools Spring Break April 2016

Catalyst Circle Rock, Catalyst Maria, and Catalyst Administration offices are closed for Spring Break from Saturday April 16, 2016- Sunday, April 24, 2016.  Staff will return on April 25, 2016 and will respond to email and phone messages at this time. 

Have a safe and enjoyable Spring Break and we look forward to a great remainder of the 2015-2016 school year when we return on Monday April 25, 2016!


Catalyst Maria scholars awarded NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award!

Catalyst Maria Junior High scholars were notified this week that they received the National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award, a very special national recognition through the National Junior Honor Society!

This award honors scholars who embody NJHS's four principles of Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, and Service. Each scholar will receive a $500 scholarship for a college savings account. Only 500 scholars nationally received the award, and this effort was led by CM team members Ms. Bies, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Williams and Ms. Fawaz. 

The winners (pictured below) are Kevin B., Kija W., Gabriela R., Sofia S., Alex P., Miguel C. and Odalys O.- congratulations to our scholars, their families and the CM team!

NJHS Winners 2

INCS Lobby Day 2016

Scholars, staff, and parents from Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria braved some challenging weather conditions to join hundreds of charter school advocates for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) Lobby Day 2016 yesterday.  Catalyst Maria’s Mr. Demetrius Davis was one of the featured speakers at the kick-off event at US Cellular Field, and several hundred enthusiastic parents, students, and community leaders traveled to the Capitol Rotunda in Springfield later in the day to discuss with legislators their convictions about charter schools.  Pictured below is the delegation from Catalyst Circle Rock- great work by Mr. Davis, Ms. Morgan, Mrs. Myers and the Catalyst scholars and staff that participated in this important event! 

INCS Lobby Day 2016

Catalyst Circle Rock participates in WE Day activities

Catalyst Circle Rock middle school scholars participated in a presentation by Khiry Johnson on the WE Day initiative.  This event introduced scholars to the mission of WE Day, which is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. WE Schools is the yearlong program that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformative social change.  To find out more about this organization, please visit their website through the linked image below.  

We Day

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