Maria

Ms. Fawaz selected as OneGoal Program Director at Catalyst Maria!

Catalyst's Maria's Director of College Readiness and Assessment Ms. Sasha Fawaz was recently selected as the OneGoal Program Director at Catalyst Maria! 

As a OneGoal Program Director, she will be a catalyst for student growth and achievement for the students in the high school at Catalyst Maria.

Great leaders like Ms. Fawaz are the heart of our work and the foundation of the OneGoal program model. As the nation’s only teacher-led college persistence organization, she will lead scholars to reach their full potential and graduate from college.

As it stands, only nine percent of CPS ninth graders are expected to graduate from college by age 25.  In stark contrast, 87 percent of OneGoal’s high school graduates have enrolled in college. Of those who enroll, 83 percent are persisting in college or have graduated with a college degree.

OneGoal has seen incredible school-wide impact as a result of our model. GPAs and ACT scores rise, with individual students, in classrooms and school-wide.  OneGoal will welcome Ms. Fawaz as part of a unique collaborative of talented educators who support each other, share best practices, and whose feedback enables us to continually improve upon our curriculum, program model and organization as a whole.   

Congratulations Ms. Fawaz and the Catalyst Maria team!

Catalyst featured TWICE in INCS Newsletter

 Catalyst Maria parent Myisha Shields was featured in the INCS Parent Leadership Network Spotlight, which provided a snapshot of her role as an advocate for Catalyst in numerous ways! Catalyst Howland Director of Community Outreach Mrs. Myers was also featured for her advocacy work for the Howland campus with Illinois State Rep. Art Turner! A link to both articles can be found here.

Catalyst Maria AMAZES with Quarter 1 Progress Report Pick-Up Percentage!

All Catalyst campuses reported high family attendance at last week’s 1st Quarter Progress Report Pick-Up, an awesome development supporting Mission Effectiveness Standard #4- Engages The Entire Family.  This standard states “A Catalyst School involves the entire family in the education of a child and provides opportunity for the growth and participation of all immediate family members.”  The campus that reported the highest percentage of family attendance was Maria, with 99% of families in attendance! Congratulations Maria and thank you to all campuses for your efforts around this important piece of our school communities and mission! 

Catalyst Maria Leaders to present at ACT Conference

Catalyst Maria's High School Principal Dawn Sandoval and Director of Instruction Elizabeth Ahrens will be presenters at the Illinois ACT 2014 annual conference, Remapping the Road to College and Career Readiness!  This event is being held on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at the DoubleTree Chicago Oak Brook in Oak Brook, IL. The conference will have over 300 school counselors, administrators, and outreach representatives from Illinois’s postsecondary institutions in attendance. Mrs. Sandoval and Mrs. Ahrens will be presenting on:

Session Title: Blending Humanities and Writing with STEM to Increase Student Achievement

Session Time: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

Congratulations to Mrs. Sandoval and Mrs. Ahrens on this incredible accomplishment!

Catalyst Maria Food Drive!

Catalyst Maria has alread raised 1,537 cans/boxes of food for the annual Chicago Bulls' Greater Chicago Food Depository Food Drive!! The school will collect canned goods until December 1, 2014  with the cans are going to the Greater Chicago Food Depository for families in need during the holidays. Incredible work Catalyst Maria community!  

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