Catalyst Academic Committee Meeting 1.16.2020

The Catalyst Board of Directors' Academic Committee will hold a meeting on January 16, 2020 at 9:00 AM. This meeting will be held by phone conference- please contact Catalyst's Director of Administration Michael Kasang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for conference call information.  The agenda for this meeting is below:

    • Principal Presentations (60min-20 min each school)
      • Semester 2 Strategic Plan overview and rationale
      • Summary of Current Data Analysis and Action Plan
    • Committee Discussion (25 min)
    • Conclusion: next meeting (5 min)

INVEST South/West at Kehrein Center for the Arts- 1/18/2020

On January 18 2020 the Kehrein Center for the Arts at Catalyst Circle Rock will host one of four citywide forums for Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s INVEST South/West initiative.  INVEST South/West is an unprecedented community improvement initiative from Mayor Lightfoot to marshal the resources of multiple City departments, community organizations and corporate partners toward 10 neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West sides. Through this groundbreaking collaborative by government, businesses, philanthropies, and community leaders, the City will align more than $750 million in public funding over the next three years. The initiative will seek to maximize those public investments in order to attract private capital, respond to changing commercial trends and enrich local culture. The goal of the initiative is to re-activate neighborhood cores that have historically served as focal points for pedestrian activity, shopping, services, transportation, public spaces and quality-of life amenities for local residents. Nearly 500 community members have already reserved their spot, and for more information please contact Sharon Morgan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Invest SouthWest

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

Winter Break 2019-2020

Catalyst Schools will be closed to scholars and staff for Winter Break from December 23, 2019- January 3, 2020.

Scholars will begin Winter Break on Friday December 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM.

Scholars will return TUESDAY January 7, 2020.

Staff will return Monday January 6, 2020 for Professional Development.

Have a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to an incredible year in 2020!


Award-winning singer Rachel Washington to perform at Austin Community Christmas Concert at Kehrein Center for the Arts

On December 21, the 1st annual Austin Community Christmas Concert will bring together hundreds from the Austin neighborhood to celebrate the power of music, partnership, and community through a performance by Rachel Washington. The 1st annual Austin Community Christmas Concert is part of a series of concerts and events at the KCA to engage a diverse group of Austin community members through the performing arts.  To register for this free Christmas Concert event, visit the ticketing website linked here.

2019 Christmas Concert Rachel Washington 2

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