Carnegie Learning Summit at Catalyst Maria!

On Tuesday Catalyst Maria hosted ~60 leading educators from across the nation from Carnegie Learning’s Technology Summit!  The CM team demonstrated the blended learning, 21st century skills, cooperative spirit and critical thinking skills they are providing scholars every day! HUGE shout out to the Math Team (Mr. Trpkosh, Ms. Hatlen, Ms. Denz, Ms. Yadav, Ms. Ryu and Mr. Green) and Mrs. Sandoval and Mr. Tolinsao (pictured addressing the summit) for leading this event!


Catalyst Featured at INCS Conference!

Catalyst was featured heavily at the annual Illinois Network of Charter Schools conference on Monday!  Catalyst Maria senior Isa Morales was the recipient of the Outstanding Illinois Charter School Senior Award, selected from an incredibly competitive group of deserving candidates!

Isa at INCS 2

Catalyst Maria parent Ms. Myisha Shields was awarded the Illinois Charter Parent Advocate Award, representing the parents of over 63,000 charter school students!  

Shields 2

Catalyst Maria parent Ms. Tanika Meeks was a featured panelist on the conference’s opening session of All Means All: A Great School for Every Child.

Meeks 2

From Catalyst Circle Rock, the Ravinia sponsored Circle Rockets Scholar Orchestra were the featured performance for the 500+ attendees at the awards luncheon and Sister Helen Streuder, was a featured speaker during the session titled Charter Innovations: Employing Tutoring to Drive Strong Student Outcomes

 Circle Rockets at INCS 2

Congratulations to Isa, Ms. Shields, Ms. Meeks, Sister Helen and the Circle Rockets!

Catalyst Maria National Honors Society Event

On Tuesday evening Catalyst Maria had their first combined National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony!  A total of 49 scholars were honored for their commitment to leadership, service, character, and scholarship- HUGE shout out to the Catalyst Maria leaders spearheading this initiative- Ms. Fawaz, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Bies, and Ms. Lewis!

NHS Maria

Catalyst Circle Rock Parent Week- 10/19-10/23/15

This week is Catalyst Circle Rock's 1st Annual Parent Appreciation Week to honor the parents and guardians of Catalyst Circle Rock! We have awesome events planned for each day and we hope to see someone from everyone family at at least one event this week! Please see the schedule below:

Monday, October 19th – Breast Cancer Awareness Kick-Off! Families arrived early to greet scholars and wore pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (pictured below).

Tuesday, October 20th – We “Donut” what we would do without you! Come enjoy free donuts and coffee between 7:15am and 9:00am at Door 4.

Wednesday, October 21st – Blast off Into Technology! Attend one of two events in which we teach parents about the instructional technology programs that we use on a daily basis (Study Island, IXL Math, and Class Dojo). The programs will be from 8:30am – 9:30am and 4:00pm – 5:00pm.

Thursday, October 22nd – Pamper Party! Come and be treated to free massages, manicures, and mini-facials between the hours of 12pm – 2pm in our Renaissance Room!

Friday, October 23rd – Please join us from 9am – 11am where we will honor our grandparents as well as give away free Catalyst tote bags and T-shirts for parents who join the Extra Mile Parents (EMPs).

Parentst at CCR

Catalyst Maria Wolves Soccer Charter Champs!

Catalyst Maria High School's male soccer team won first place at the Chicago Charter Classic, with wins over Instituto Career Academy, Noble Gary Comer, and Uno Garcia! Congratulations to the Wolves!

Maria Soccer Champs


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