21stCenturyLearners

Catalyst Circle Rock’s Blacks in Wax living history museum

Catalyst Circle Rock scholars and staff created an incredible experience for their school community this week through their Blacks in Wax living history museum! This museum allowed attendees to travel through important events in African-American history, and was the culmination of months of preparation by numerous CCR staff members and scholars. Pictured below are scholar participants with Principal Ms. Jamison-Dunn- incredible work by all involved!

Blacks in Wax Particpants

Catalyst Maria hosts One Goal CEO Jeff Nelson!

Jeff Nelson, founder and CEO of OneGoal, visited Catalyst Maria to share with our scholars that they are the highest performing OneGoal cohort in the country!!  OneGoal is currently located in 5 different states, and Catalyst Maria is honored to partner with this organization.  CM scholars shared presentations about what has made them so successful in the program, and they are pictured with Mr. Nelson below (the image links to the OneGoal website where you can learn more). Great work by Ms. Fawaz and the CM team!

One Goal  

CM Scholars Celebrate Pi Day- 3.14!

Scholars in Ms. Lewis's 8th Grade Math class at Catalyst Maria celebrated Pi day (3.14) yesterday! The class had a contest of who could memorize the most digits of Pi, and the winner correctly recited the first 31 digits! Scholars were then invited to bring in pies for a celebration- check out the picture of the celebration below!

Pi Day 2016 2 

Catalyst Circle Rock selected for Horizons for Youth partnership!

In an Catalyst is honored to announce that our Circle Rock campus was selected by the organization Horizons for Youth as a partner school yesterday!

Horizons for Youth is an organization committed to helping Chicago children recognize and achieve their full potential. In partnership with dedicated families and schools like Catalyst Circle Rock, since 1990 the organization has provided need-based scholarships, one-on-one mentoring, and numerous enrichment programs. To find out more about Horizons for Youth, visit their website here.

Thank you to Horizons for Youth for selecting the Catalyst Circle Rock community as a partner and we look forward to this incredible opportunity for our scholars and families!

horizons logo

Catalyst Circle Rock Math Tutoring Program Needs YOU!

In an effort to increase math scores and provide targeted instruction to K-8th Grade CCR scholars, the school is coordinating an after-school tutoring initiative that will run from 3:45-4:45 every Tuesday and Thursday from March 22- May 19, 2016.  The school is opening the tutoring opportunity to ALL stakeholders who are willing to help! This includes local high schools  and universities, professional colleagues, parents, Board members, staff members, family, friends and anyone who wants to donate their time to help CCR scholars succeed!

CCR's goal for the Math Madness program is to log at least 400 hours of tutoring over 16 sessions- this would require approximately 25 tutors per day. While this goal is ambitious, the CCR team is confident they can do it with your help to achieve the school’s 2015-2016 theme of  One Team, One Goal!!

If you are interested in making an incredible impact on the life of a CCR scholar through your assistance (ranging from one visit to a weekly commitment) or know someone else who may be interested, please contact CCR's Principal Elizabeth Jamison-Dunn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the school's Main Office at (773) 945-5025.  We can reach the goal of 400 hours with your help! 

Math Madness

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