Catalyst Maria Illinois State Scholars 2018

Four Catalyst Maria High School Seniors-Christopher A., DuJuan H., Felipe L., and Joanna M. (pictured below)- achieved the Illinois State Scholar Award! The State Scholar Program identifies graduating high school seniors who possess superior academic potential. Students from nearly every high school in Illinois compete in the program, and State Scholars can be found on the campuses of nearly 200 public and private institutions of higher education in Illinois. The combination of exemplary college entrance examination scores and record high school achievement indicate an especially high potential for success in college. To be honored as a State Scholar in Illinois is an outstanding accomplishment that will be a highlight of the recipient’s academic record- we are so proud of Christopher,  DuJuan, Felipe, and Joanna!

Illinois State Scholars 2018


Thanksgiving Break 2018

Catalyst is incredibly thankful for the commitment that all members of the Catalyst community dedicate to our mission of teaching minds and touching hearts! In observance of Thanksgiving, Catalyst Schools will be closed to scholars and staff Wednesday, November 21 through Friday November 23, 2018.

We hope that you are able to rest, relax and rejuvenate with family and friends over the Thanksgiving break!   


Catalyst Board of Directors Meeting Agenda 11.19.18

The Catalyst Board of Directors' will have their second scheduled meeting of the 2018-2019 school year on Monday November 19, 2018. This meeting will be held at Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School, located at 5608 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60644 and will be from 3:00-5:30 PM.

All Catalyst Board meetings are open to the public.  In accordance with OMA, the agenda for this meeting is below:

*Reconvene and welcome. Review of agenda. Mission moment.

*Review and vote for approval of September 17, 2018 Board of Directors’ meeting’s minutes and October 31, 2018 Finance Committee’s meeting minutes

*Board review and vote of Dr. Colleen Reardon for a renewal term for Catalyst Board of Directors.

*Board review and vote of Larry Williams for a term as Corporate Secretary for Catalyst Board of Directors.

*Board review and vote of Ariel Murray for initial 3-year term on the Catalyst Board of Directors.

*Board review and vote of Marc Gaddis for initial 3-year term on the Catalyst Board of Directors.

*Board review and vote of Claiborne Wade for initial 3-year term on the Catalyst Board of Directors.

*Academic Committee

  • SY17-18 SQRP score review and update on SY18-19 academic strategic plans

*Finance Committee

  • FY18 compliance and finance audit review
  • FY19 year to date review

*Development Committee

  • FY19 year to date review
  • Catalyst Celebration 2018 review
  • Update on auditorium campaign


Catalyst Maria featured on WGN News!

Catalyst Maria scholars participating in the Mission Propelle yoga program were featured on WGN News!  CMES scholars, along with CMHS Principal Ms. Sandoval and Catalyst teacher/yoga instructor Mrs. Groenewold, were featured in a story highlighting the benefits of yoga in the school environment. Mission Propelle is an empowerment program for female scholars in grades K-5, and the yoga classes also emphasize literacy enrichment, self-acceptance and friendship.  Check out the video through the linked image below- great work Mrs. G. and the Mission Propelle team!

Mission Propelle Yoga

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