Peace Party and Culture Updates at Catalyst Howland!

January wrapped up with a celebratory and informative “Peace Party” at Howland. Our Restorative Justice Committee and respective student committee, C.A.L.M. (Culture Agent Liaison Members) and  organized and facilitated a “Peace Party” for the 5th through 8th grades. During their lunch periods, the collective group of peace ambassadors distributed restorative practices bookmarks (encompassing 5 key restorative questions), peace sign pins, and yummy treats. They likewise engaged in conversations with their peers about the importance of having ‘restorative chats’ with school staff, friends and family members. The RJ Committee and C.A.L.M. crews were thrilled out the plethora of scholars excited to learn about restorative practices and desiring to play a key part in making positive change in their community. Check out a picture from the event below!

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Additionally, some of Howland’s incredible young ladies (1st through 4th grades) attended ‘Fancy Nancy The Musical’ at the Apollo Theater. Characters from “The Mermaid Ballet” were cleverly featured in this charming musical, which centralized on social skills, manners and etiquette, and untangling feelings that all children experience. The Catalyst Howland scholars and staff loved singing along with the cast and enjoyed many laughs throughout the wonderful performance!

Catalyst and partners to host Aldermen Meetings

Catalyst and its partners at Circle Urban Ministries will host a meeting with 29th Ward Alderman Deborah Graham on February 12, 2015, and 37th Ward Alderman Emma Mitts on February 18, 2015.  Both events will be held at 6:30 PM and light refreshments will be served.  Community members are encouraged to attend and discuss items with their Alderman.  

Catalyst Board of Directors' Meeting- 2/9/15 Agenda

This Monday (February 9, 2015) the Catalyst Board of Directors' will hold their scheduled meeting at 3:00 PM at Catalyst Maria, 6727 S. California Ave., Chicago, IL, 60629. All Catalyst Board meetings are open to the public.  

The agenda for this meeting will be:

*Welcome- Mission Moment

*Finance Committee 

*Development Committee 

  • Event Summary
  • FY15 YTD

*Academic Committee 

  • SQRP Scores
  • Catalyst Maria AdvancED accreditation
  • Catalyst Howland RSV

*Update on charter renewal process/calendar and Catalyst next steps for Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School

*Update on ccharter renewal process/calendar and Catalyst next steps for Catalyst Howland Charter School


Catalyst scholars featured in Black is Human campaign!

Catalyst Circle Rock scholars were a part of a new campaign of a social initiative, Black is Human. This initiative provides a glimpse of the African American experience through stories often unheard. Black is Human takes an honest look at our community, celebrates its spirit and illuminates a truer picture.  Scholars were featured in different videos, one of which can be accessed below:



Visit Black Is Human on Facebook and Twitter:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/blackishuman

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/blackishuman

Catalyst Schools CLOSED Monday 2/2/15

Due to the dangerous weather conditions forcasted for Monday, February 2, 2015, Catalyst-Circle Rock, Catalyst Howland and Catalyst Maria will be closed to scholars and staff. Please be safe during this weather!

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