We are honored and inspired to share an incredible video of Catalyst scholars and staff! Check out the video here, and a huge shout out to Catalyst Circle Rock team member Mr. Charles Myers for his leadership in its creation!
Through the efforts of Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, Catalyst Circle Rock Dean Jason Kent, and members of the Cook County Sherriff’s Department and CCR, the Junior Sheriff Mentoring Program celebrated another successful year with an event last Friday! The vision of the Junior Sheriff Mentoring Program is to shape communities by engaging and mentoring today’s youth. In the process, youth are provided support and the opportunity to better understand and develop relationships with law enforcement.
Catalyst Maria High School held their third annual panel celebrating BIPOC Excellence in Medicine. This event was led by Ms. Levin and is the culmination of the study of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The event featured four panelists: Dr. Yashna Naidu (resident at Lurie Children's Hospital), Ms. Carmen Anzalone (Talent Acquisitions Specialist at Sinai Hospital), and CM’s amazing nurses, Nurse Ava and Nurse Polk! Juniors in English III and scholars in BioMed were invited to learn from and ask questions of the panelists.
Catalyst CEO Gordon Hannon and members of the Catalyst Maria team recently had an inspiring meeting with CM parents! The purpose of this meeting was to renew in-person quarterly gatherings with members of the Bilingual Advisory Committee and Parent Advisory Committee (as well as any interested parent) with Mr. Hannon and the CM team. These meetings aim to build parent community, and to listen to parents’ experiences and hopes at Catalyst Maria. At this meeting, the team also introduced newly elected Catalyst Board Member and Catalyst Maria parent Ms. Mitze Moore.
Fourteen parents attended, including members of the Bilingual Advisory Committees and Parent Advisory Committees. Representing the Catalyst Maria team were Naurice Olivera, Alberto Ramirez, Lydia Hope, Julio Velez, and Gordon Hannon.
Parents expressed care and appreciation for the CM staff, highlighting strong communication between parents and the school and the strong leadership by Principal Dawn Donati. Ms. Moore and Mr. Hannon discussed how a parent from each campus are part of the Catalyst Board, and how Catalyst continues to work on ways to coordinate BAC/PAC meetings, breakfasts, and ways to listen to and collect parent voice.