March President’s Pen: A Time for Hope

This week we modified our school schedule to allow students two full days per week of in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year.  Freshmen and Sophomores responded very favorably to the expansion with about 60% and 62% respectively opting to come in; the response from Juniors (34%) and Seniors (16%) was a bit more disappointing.  Someone asked, “Can’t … Read More

Phase 2 Construction – Can a Ribbon Cutting Be Far Off?

Coinciding with the arrival of students back from spring break, our new facilities are quickly becoming available for use. The gymnasium is open. Locker room facilities are finished. The fitness area will soon be furnished with training weights and machines. Our teachers’ office spaces are ready. And the new classrooms, labs and meeting areas are nearly complete. Could a ribbon … Read More

Principal Odiotti Nominated for Golden Apple Award

Dr.  Odiotti was  selected as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Leadership. Only nine finalists were selected from more than 120 nominated school leaders from across Illinois. The Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Leadership honors exemplary performance in school leadership by a principal or head of school who has had a significant and sustained positive … Read More

Junior Retreat 2021

Yoga classes, art projects, video game contests, ping-pong tournaments and more – all were designed to offer a chance for juniors to regain a sense of community  with their classmates.  

Career Day: Business Pros Open Up New Horizons for Students

 Students React to Their Career Day Experience “I found that all the careers, whether you are in engineering or supply chain, have something in common…communication skills are crucial.” “I was thinking about marketing prior to Career Exploration. Now I can definitely say, because of the Career Exploration Event, I’m certain it’s the path I want to take.” “Before the Career … Read More

Understanding Our Fears of Vaccination

by Pierre Edmonds & John Geis Cristo Rey St. Martin’s efforts to fight the devastating effects of the pandemic within the surrounding communities offered an unexpected opportunity – the chance to open a discussion about the pervasive fears of vaccination which are impeding the eradication of diseases across the country. During the month of February, Cristo Rey St. Martin and Jewel-Osco partnered … Read More

Cristo Rey & Jewel-Osco Vaccinate Thousands 

The idea to use CRSM as a vaccination site came together very quickly. As luck would have it, President Kendall and Jewel Pharmacy manager Jim Bolin connected at the exact right time. Mr. Bolin had just learned of a shipment of vaccine coming from the state and had only a week to find a site. CRSM school leadership sprang into … Read More

Corporate Work Study Successfully Transitions Students to Work Remotely 

As with most of CRSM’s activities, Corporate Work Study has had to adjust to the new normal of the pandemic. Over 45 business partner executives gathered virtually for the 2021 Business Partner Meeting. At the top of the agenda was one of the central issues facing many of northern Illinois’ corporations – remote work. Because of Cristo Rey’s partnerships with … Read More