INVEST South/West at Kehrein Center for the Arts

On January 18th, Catalyst Circle Rock's Kehrein Center for the Arts hosted hundreds of community members at one of four citywide forums for Mayor Lori Lightfoot's INVEST South/West initiative.

INVEST South/West is a 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. 

Check out an Austin Weekly News article through the linked image of the event below!

Invest SouthWest

Catalyst Circle Rock teacher Nicholas Tomasso selected for prestigious fellowship program!

Catalyst Circle Rock teacher Mr. Nicholas Tomasso was chosen to participate as a Teacher Fellow in the 2019-2020 Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy! Selected by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), Mr. Tomasso was the only teacher selected from Illinois, and he will participate with 25 other educators in numerous science, engineering, and technology-related professional learning opportunities.  NSTA Executive Director Dr. David Evans said of the cohort, “This is truly a remarkable group of educators, dedicated to expanding their knowledge base and improving their teaching skills in order to reach all students. We congratulate this year’s cohort of Teacher Fellows and look forward to supporting them in their efforts to transform STEM education.”

Launched in 2016, the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy was created to help enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence in science, technology, and engineering, while increasing teacher understanding about the skills needed for a scientifically literate workforce. To learn more about the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy, visit http://www.nsta.org/northropgrumman/.



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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