Catalyst Board of Directors' Meeting- 5/23/16 Agenda

The Catalyst Board of Directors' will have their final scheduled meeting of the 2015-2016 school year on May 23, 2016 meeting at Catalyst Maria Charter School, located at 6727 S. California Ave. Chicago, IL 60629. The meeting will be from 3:00-5:30 PM.

All Catalyst Board meetings are open to the public.  The agenda for this meeting is below:

*Welcome and mission moment

*Review and approval of February 22, 2016 Board of Directors’ meeting’s minutes

*Board review and vote of Catherine Rich and Andrew Jones’s candidacy as 3-year inaugural term Catalyst Board of Directors’ members.

*Academic Committee

  • SY2015-2016 academic updates

*Finance Committee

  • FY16 YTD
  • Funding update
  • Update on Catalyst Circle Rock facility discussions


Spring 2016 NWEA Testing

Catalyst Kindergarten-8th Grade scholars at Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria will beging NWEA testing May 17, 2016! These tests demonstrate how much our scholars have learned during the 2015-2016 school year in Reading and Math (which is a TON!)! It is very important that scholars get a great night of rest, eat breakfast at school or at home, and know that they are going to do great from all of their supporters (parents, family, teachers, etc.)!  Please let the team at either campus know any questions you may have around these tests and we know that our scholars are going to do GREAT!!! 


Catalyst Circle Rock awarded Leader in Me grant!

We are honored to announce Catalyst Circle Rock has been awarded a national Leader in Me grant this week!  This grant will support the school's journey to become a Leader in Me Lighthouse school, a program and process that honors and develops scholar, staff and school community leaders!


This achievement was the result of the efforts of the entire school community to embed the Leader in Me principles into their daily habits. Catalyst Circle Rock joins Catalyst Maria as participants in this incredible program.


Congratulations to the Catalyst Circle Rock community and thank you to Leader in Me!

Leader in Me

Catalyst Schools Spring Break April 2016

Catalyst Circle Rock, Catalyst Maria, and Catalyst Administration offices are closed for Spring Break from Saturday April 16, 2016- Sunday, April 24, 2016.  Staff will return on April 25, 2016 and will respond to email and phone messages at this time. 

Have a safe and enjoyable Spring Break and we look forward to a great remainder of the 2015-2016 school year when we return on Monday April 25, 2016!


Catalyst Maria scholars awarded NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award!

Catalyst Maria Junior High scholars were notified this week that they received the National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award, a very special national recognition through the National Junior Honor Society!

This award honors scholars who embody NJHS's four principles of Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, and Service. Each scholar will receive a $500 scholarship for a college savings account. Only 500 scholars nationally received the award, and this effort was led by CM team members Ms. Bies, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Williams and Ms. Fawaz. 

The winners (pictured below) are Kevin B., Kija W., Gabriela R., Sofia S., Alex P., Miguel C. and Odalys O.- congratulations to our scholars, their families and the CM team!

NJHS Winners 2

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