Catalyst Maria HS scholars accepted into Future Leaders of Chicago

Catalyst wants to give a huge shout out to Catalyst Maria High School scholars Isa M. and Michael B. on their acceptances into the Future Leaders of Chicago program! 

Isa and Michael are 2 of the 30 scholars in the city selected to live on campus at the University of Chicago for the first week of August to meet and work with some of Chicago’s premier business leaders and obtain leadership training.  Congratulations Michael and Isa!

Isa and Michael

Catalyst Howland Partners with MMAD

Catalyst Howland's fourth grade instructors (Ms. McGill, Mr.Gaines, Ms. Thomas, and Mr.Oliver) and scholars of Rooms 217 and 218 formed a valuable partnership this year with the community organization Men Making A Difference (MMAD). They partnered to care for the North Lawndale community by cleaning up trash and helping to beautify the neighborhood.  Their awareness of taking care of their own village has increased.

MMAD  also provided escort service for the scholars earlier this year when they walked to our local library for a field trip. Today they had their culminating neighborhood clean up activity and celebration BBQ (pictured below).  The MMAD organization has made plans to continue mentoring this group of scholars as they complete elementary school,  high school, AND college. They have given them the title of Children Making  A Difference (CMAD)- great work Catalyst Howland scholars and staff!


Catalyst Circle Rock Receives Full Charter Renewal!

The Chicago Board of Education awarded Catalyst Circle Rock a full five-year renewal of its charter last week!  Catalyst is honored and grateful to the school's scholars, staff, families and supporters that contributed to this achievement! 

The school will celebrate at the launch of the Austin Dream Project event on June 4, 2015! 

The celebration will be held at Catalyst Circle Rock's campus at 5608 W. Washington Blvd. from 5:00-6:30 PM and will feature a performance by the Ravinia sponsored Circle Rockets Scholar Orchestra, light refreshments, and a reception.  

This event will introduce stakeholders to an ambitious project aimed at creating a unique auditorium space in the Austin community (pictured below).   

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Congratulations to the Catalyst Circle Rock team on their charter renewal and we hope that you will join us to celebrate on June 4th! 



Catalyst Maria Scholar Featured in Chicago Tribune!

Catalyst Maria High School Senior Kayla C. was highlighted in the Chicago Tribune! Kayla was selected by Catalyst partner Illinois Network of Charter Schools from thousands of deserving students because she earned the most scholarship money of Catalyst Maria's 2015 graduating class. Kayla will be attending University of Illinois Springfield next year- great work Kayla!

K. Conway

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