In his recent presentation at student assembly, Principal Michael Odiotti summed up the 1st semester and set goals for the rest of the year.
Mr. Odiotti informed the class that, “It’s been a particularly good year for CRSM – our best ever. Ten years ago the number of students that reached a cumulative GPA average of 2.0 was 68%. We are now at 98%.”
He also pointed out that even though the CRSM curriculum is significantly more difficult today, the percentage of honor roll students (3.0 or above) reached a historic high of 73%. Again, compare that to ten years ago, when the percentage of honor roll students (3.0 or higher) was at only 38%.
Our data shows that 82% of students who finish CRSM with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher go on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from college. In contrast, only 10% of students who finish CRSM with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or lower go on to complete a bachelor’s degree. After presenting the correlations between high school grade point averages and finishing college, Mr. Odiotti emphasized the importance of continued effort and revisited his oft-used watch words, behaviors that correlate to success.
“Flex-time” is a new resource at CRSM, which offers students the opportunity to manage their time and engage in success behaviors. Monday through Thursday students have 55 minutes free in the middle of the day. Students need to get lunch during this time but they also have the freedom to get other things done. Marlene Eby, Assistant Principal, describing the Flex-time program said, “students are managing their Flex-Time to work with tutors, pursue workshops or stay current on their assignments – taking control of their time is a skill critical to their success in college.”
Quoting from the Harvard Business Review, Odiotti ended with the concept of claiming one’s education, “You cannot afford to think of being here to receive an education: you will do much better to think of being here to claim one – it’s the difference between acting and being acted-upon.”