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Catalyst Maria Wolves 2021 IHSA 1A Regional Soccer Champions

Last Friday, the Catalyst Maria Wolves soccer team defeated the Universal School 7-0 for the regional championship! This week, they competed with grit and tenacity but were defeated by the Grant Park Dragons 3-0.    Congratulations to our scholars, Coaches Burgos and Moreno, and all of the CMHS Wolves supporters on this achievement! 

 

Wolves Soccer 2021

Catalyst Board of Directors Executive Committee Meeting Agenda 10.22.21

The Catalyst Board of Directors' Executive Committee will hold a meeting on October 22, 2021 at 9:00 am. This meeting will be held by video conference- please contact Catalyst's Director of Administration Michael Kasang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773-295-7001 for login information. The agenda for this meeting is establishing process for Board chair succession.

Catalyst Maria charter renewal family/community meeting- 10/19/21

Catalyst Maria needs your help!  Every charter school in Chicago must go through a renewal process and this year is Catalyst Maria’s turn- thanks to the work of you and so many, Catalyst Maria meets or exceeds expectations in all established categories, including academics, finances and operations. For Catalyst, there is no more important voice for the Chicago Board of Education to hear in this matter than the voice of Catalyst Maria parents, staff and community members.

Please join us for an important meeting next Tuesday 10/19 at 6:00 pm, during which Catalyst Maria and CPS will host a meeting during which we will present on the accomplishments of our school. This meeting will have an on-site option with refreshments served as well as an online option so that all families can participate! We will discuss what makes Catalyst Maria a great school as well as offer community members an opportunity to ask questions about renewal and MAKE PUBLIC STATEMENTS ABOUT how we are impacting the Chicago Lawn community! The topics for the meeting will include:

  • Metrics of the school’s academic, financial, and operational performance
  • CPS will explain metrics used to determine renewal as well as the process
  • Families are invited to ask questions about renewal, metrics used, and how a school’s performance impacts their neighborhood.

You don’t need to be an expert on these matters to join.  What does matter is that you join and voice your positive opinion about Catalyst Maria.  Please join us on-site or join via the link here: https://meet.google.com/kbk-jtbs-aoz

Board of Directors' September 20, 2021 Agenda

The Catalyst Board of Directors will hold a meeting September 20, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 pm. The agenda and meeting information are below. If you have questions, please contact Catalyst's Director of Administration Michael Kasang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Location:

Catalyst Maria Charter School

6727 S. California Ave.

Chicago, Illinois 60629

AGENDA

*3:00-3:30- Welcome: Dr. Colleen Reardon, Chair and Mr. Gordon Hannon, CEO

  • Review of agenda
  • Review and vote for approval of May 10, 2021 Board of Directors meeting minutes; September 14, 2021 Academic Committee meeting minutes; and September 16, 2021 Finance Committee meeting minutes
  • Board member terms:
    • Discussion of renewal for members Ariel Murray and Claiborne Wade 
    • Board Chair Dr. Colleen Reardon’s conclusion of term in December 2021 and discussion on next steps

*3:30-3:45 -Public comment (limited to 2 minutes per speaker)

*3:45-4:15-Academic Committee: Dr. Catherine Burns

  • Update on reopening
  • Catalyst Maria charter renewal

*4:15-4:30 - Finance and Strategic Issues Committee: Ms. Ying-Yuan Hsu

  • Items pertaining to close of FY21:
    • Preliminary end of FY21 and status of FY21 audit
  • Items pertaining to FY22:
    • Use of ESSER funds
    • Impact on FY22 budget with ESSER funds and additional adjustments made since the budget was approved

*4:30-4:45 - Austin Renaissance Council and KCA update: Terry Toth and Ed Siderewicz

*Adjournment

Catalyst Finance Committee Meeting 9.16.21

The Catalyst Board of Directors' Finance Committee will hold a meeting on September 16, 2021 at 11:00 am. This meeting will be held by video conference- please contact Catalyst's Director of Administration Michael Kasang at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773-295-7001 for video conference information.

Items pertaining to close of FY21:

~preliminary end of FY21

~transfer of funds from KCA restricted account into Catalyst operating account

~status of FY21 audit (in process)

Items pertaining to FY22:

~use of ESSR funds FY22

~impact on FY22 budget with ESSR funds and additional adjustments made since the budget was approved

~KCA budget and how it interacts with Catalyst budget

~status of all Catalyst bank accounts including recent investment account

Support Catalyst    

Please join our efforts as a champion for changing lives at The Catalyst Schools. If you would like to speak with a Catalyst staff member about your donation, please call us at 773-295-7001.