Catalyst Schools' 2020-2021 Student Lotteries Postponed

Due to the mandatory school closures for all Illinois schools through March 30, 2020, the Catalyst Circle Rock K-8 and Catalyst Maria K-8 and 10-12 school lotteries for the 2020-2021 school year (scheduled for March 24, 2020 at Catalyst Maria and March 25, 2020 at Catalyst Circle Rock) will be postponed indefinitely. A new date will be released as soon as it becomes available.  The applications for the lotteries will remain open. Thank you and stay safe.

Catalyst Schools CLOSED March 16-30, 2020

Governor JB Pritzker has declared mandatory school closures for all schools, both public and private, serving Illinois pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students.

Catalyst Circle Rock K-8 and Catalyst Maria K-12 buildings will be CLOSED to scholars and school staff beginning March 16, 2020 through March 30, 2020.

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If you are concerned that you or your child have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact the CDPH at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 312-746-4835

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We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and we will provide updates as the situation continues. 

Coach Burgos featured in Greater Southwest News-Herald!

Catalyst Maria teacher and soccer coach Mr. Jose Burgos was featured in an article this week in the Greater Southwest News-Herald for being awarded as the first-ever winner of the Champion Coach Recognition Program! Check out the article through the linked image of Coach Burgos with his team!

Burgos with team

Catalyst Maria's Jose Burgos is National Winner of Champion Coach Recognition Program!

We are honored to announce that Catalyst Maria teacher and head soccer coach Jose Burgos has been named the national winner of the Champion Coach Recognition Program - an awards program to recognize coaches putting positive coaching values into action within their teams and their communities. 

Mr. Burgos was selected from 300 coach nominees from 29 different states in 25 different sports who embody the values promoted by TrueSport - sportsmanship, character-building and life skills, and clean and healthy performance.

Mr. Burgos joined Catalyst Maria as Head Soccer Coach and Spanish teacher in 2018. He was recognized for creating a strong supportive team community within the school and within the community-at-large to provide physical and psychological safety for his athletes. Born in Chile, Burgos emphasizes the idea of soccer as "family" and "community" rather than just a game. He organized the first-ever Catalyst Futsal Cup for 6-8 graders to begin broadening the impact and opportunities that soccer can provide for the youth in the community.

On Tuesday, December 10, Mr. Burgos was presented with the award and was recognized in front of student-athletes, school staff, fellow coaches and his family (including his father who flew from Chile to share the moment with his son!). 

A Chicago community leader, Joel Farran, nominated Burgos. "Coach Jose's love of soccer is matched only by his love for people and helping people find and become their best selves," stated Farran. "Spend any time with Jose and you will experience his energy and passion to be infectious. The community, the school, the sport, and most importantly the youth are fortunate to have Coach Jose on their side."

Congratulations Mr. Burgos and thank you for all that you do to embody the Catalyst's mission of Teaching Minds and Touching Hearts!

Jose Burgos

Catalyst Maria Attendance Incentive December 2019

Scholar attendance incentive- Begins December 2, 2019

If Catalyst Maria scholars have  no tardies or absences Monday-Friday, they will earn a dress down on Tuesday of following week!! If you have questions, contact Ms. Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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