Catalyst Circle Rock’s annual Leadership Day will take place on April 11 from 9:00-12:00. We invite all Catalyst supporters to join us for this event, during which you will enjoy a scholar performance in our newly renovated auditorium, classroom visits, a leadership showcase, and a scholar/teacher panel! Participants will register here- we hope you can join us for a day to celebrate the leadership of our amazing scholars!
On March 29, 2019 Catalyst Circle Rock and the new Kehrein Center for the Arts hosted a historic Chicago mayoral forum that was attended by ~450 members of the West Side. The event was sponsored by the NAACP, Austin Coming Together, and co-hosted by Catalyst Schools, the Kehrein Center for the Arts, and a coalition of West Side organizations and leaders. The event was attended by mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot as well as Alderman Chris Taliaferro, Willie Wilson, major television/print media, and hundreds of West Side residents who expressed their hopes for Chicago’s next mayor.
Dr. Frank Hribar, Vice President of Enrollment & Student Affairs at Adrian College, visited Catalyst Maria on Thursday to meet with the 9 scholars who applied for the Project Intersect scholarship. Four seniors were selected to receive 95% tuition scholarships, and Adrian College awarded $1,970,936 in scholarships to Catalyst seniors overall! The four winners of the 95% scholarships (pictured below with Dr. Hribar) are Chris A., Cyrus M., Clarence (CJ) W., and Joanna M.- CONGRATULATIONS to all of the scholars receiving scholarships and THANK YOU to Dr. Hribar and Adrian College!
Catalyst Maria is now a part of the Presidential Award for Excellence program! CMHS has 14 recipients in the first year (10 are pictured below) who achieved a cumulative unweighted GPA of a 3.5 or higher and met both English/Writing and Math benchmarks on the PSAT or SAT for their grade level. Congratulations to all scholars and the CMHS staff that propelled them to this achievement!
The Catalyst school communities are celebrating Black History Month throughout February 2019! On Friday February 22nd, Catalyst Circle Rock held their annual Black History Bowl- pictured below are several winners!
Catalyst Maria HS engaged a joyful Black History Month throughout February! Grade level teams incorporated intentional cross-curricular activities for scholars to learn about black history through multiple lenses, and College Seminars each adopted an African country to research and celebrate through a heritage project. Black History Month culminated in an amazing assembly on February 27th featuring both scholar and teacher singers, dancers, poets, and presenters to exemplify the theme of “Black Girl Magic and Black Boy Joy” (pictured below). Thank you to all of the CMHS staff made this possible!