Catalyst Maria parents meet with state legislators

This week several Catalyst Maria parents and the school’s Director of Recruiting and Family-Community Partnerships Mr. Davis attended an INCS-sponsored Springfield trip to meet with elected individuals!  The group had several productive conversations with elected officials regarding their support of charter schools and opposition to two anti-charter bills in the State House of Representatives.  Pictured below are CM parents meeting with State Representative Andre Thapedi- great work by Ms. Shields, Mr. Davis, the INCS team and all parents in attendance! 

Thapedi and CM Parents


Three CMHS scholars achieve Illinois State Scholar Award!

Three Catalyst Maria High School Seniors-Andrea V., Crystal R., and Emiliano C. achieved the Illinois State Scholar Award this week! The State Scholar Program identifies graduating high school seniors who possess superior academic potential. Students from nearly every high school in Illinois compete in the program, and State Scholars can be found on the campuses of nearly 200 public and private institutions of higher education in Illinois. The combination of exemplary college entrance examination scores and record high school achievement indicate an especially high potential for success in college. To be honored as a State Scholar in Illinois is an outstanding accomplishment that will be a highlight of the recipient’s academic record- we are so proud of Andrea, Crystal and Emiliano!


Catalyst Maria receives full five-year charter renewal!

Through the incredible work of innumerable staff members, scholars, families, community partners, the Sisters of St. Casimir, and more, Catalyst Maria received a five-year renewal (the full, longest term currently awarded) to the Chicago Board of Education!  Many, many thanks to all that have contributed to this school community in any way, and we look forward to serving our 1,100 Kindergarten-12th Grade scholars, their families, and the Chicago Lawn community for many years to come!

Catalyst Maria instructors present at national conference!

Catalyst Maria High School team members Mrs. Mear and Ms. Doneske presented at the national World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) conference in Philadelphia last week! Mrs. Mear and Ms. Doneske presented a 75-minute interactive workshop entitled “If They Don’t Understand How Can They Reach Me?” to a packed audience!  The session included research based evidence and a comprehensive curriculum to build classroom culture supported by ESL and literacy strategies- great work Mrs. Mear (pictured below during the presentation) and Ms. Doneske!

Mear Pres

Catalyst Schools Asbestos Management Reporting

Per Administrative Code Title77:Public Health Chapter I, the following are are available for inspection by parents in the Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria Facilities Offices. Please call the schools to make an appointment to view these items if desired:

  • Catalyst Schools Asbestos Management Plans
  • 6-Month Asbetos Surveys


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