Catalyst Maria High School’s 9h Annual Post-Secondary Signing Day

On May 31, Catalyst Maria High School held their 9th annual Post-Secondary Signing Day for the Class of 2022 seniors! College seminar teachers celebrated each scholar individually and shared their final post-secondary decision. The Class of 2022 has 100% college acceptance, has earned $16.2+ million in scholarships and have 740+ college acceptances!   

Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter and Catalyst Board of Directors Chair Mr. Larry Williams (pictured below with scholars) attended the ceremony. State Senator Hunter shared inspiring words about her life journey and encouraged scholars to do anything in life that they set their minds to. We appreciate the support and encouragement of State Senator Hunter and Board Chair Williams!  

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Chicago Jazz Great Orbert Davis to perform at Catalyst Circle Rock’s Kehrein Center for the Arts

Orbert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic will present arranged versions of the Miles Davis' classic recordings on Sunday June 12th at 4:30 pm.  During the event there will be a community conversation with Reesheda Graham Washington and Vanessa Stokes, Interim Executive Director of the Kehrein Center for the Arts. Please find additional information below- we hope you can join us!

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Troy Morris Memorial Garden

Under the leadership of Catalyst Circle Rock’s Director of Specialized Services Mr. Tomasso, a memorial garden in Troy Morris’s honor will be installed at Catalyst Circle Rock over the next several months. As part of this garden, customized memorial bricks can be purchased to support a scholarship in his name. Bricks can be purchased for $100, and all funds will go to support scholarships for graduating 8th graders at Catalyst Circle Rock (minus the cost of the bricks). Orders received by July 7th will be engraved in time for the initial installation of the bricks ahead of the unveiling of the memorial garden in October 2022.

We invite you to consider ordering a memorial brick, which can be ordered at this website: https://www.brickmarkers.com/donors/tcs/ After placing your order, you will be transported to the Catalyst Donation page to make your payment.

Troy Morris was a dedicated, passionate and integral part of the Catalyst community for over 10 years, first as an IA and teacher at Catalyst Howland, then as a teacher at Catalyst Circle Rock.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Tomasso at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Catalyst Board of Directors May 9, 2022 Meeting Agenda

The Catalyst Board of Directors will hold a meeting May 9, 2022 from 3:00-5:00 pm. The agenda and meeting information are below. All Catalyst Board meetings are open to the public, with a public comment portion during the time 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..


Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School

5608 W. Washington Blvd.

Chicago, Illinois 60644


*3:00-3:30- Welcome: Larry Williams, Chair and Mr. Gordon Hannon, CEO

  • Review of agenda
  • Review and vote for approval of March 7, 2021 Board of Directors meeting minutes; May 4, 2022 Academic Committee meeting minutes; and May 6, 2022 Finance Committee meeting minutes

*3:30-3:40 -Public comment (limited to 2 minutes per speaker)

*3:40-4:10-Academic Committee: Dr. Catherine Burns

  • Update on school academic plans
  • Update on Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria ISS/OSS suspension data and IEP completion rates

*4:10-4:30 - Finance and Strategic Issues Committee: Ms. Ying-Yuan Hsu

  • FY22 YTD
  • KCA and KCAF structure discussion
  • Review and vote for approval of FY23 budget

*4:30-5:00: Board governance items:

  • Board terms and Board member training requirements
  • For Discussion: How can the Catalyst Board ensure its foundational values and beliefs remain embedded in the fabric of the school?


Please join us for the Catalyst Maria 5K on May 21, 2022!

Please join us for the Catalyst Maria 5K on May 21, 2022 at 8:00 am! This event will feature a Kiddie Run, live music, raffle baskets, an award ceremony, a cheerleading performance, post-race party! Please register at this link- we hope you can join us May 21st! 


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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.