“Commitment and Time Management”: An Interview with Cassandra Abarca    

Cassandra (CRSM ’18  Alverno College ’22) and I spoke on the phone not long after a Boston-based non-profit announced that she had been elected to the organization’s 2020-2021 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. Like most recent college prep graduates, her journey during the Covid-19 pandemic can only be described as unpredictable. But it is clear that her ambition and mastery … Read More

“Resilient, Adaptable and Determined”: An Interview with Jessena Fields     

I talked with Jessena (CRSM ’15  SIU ’19) as she was beginning her exit from Carbondale, IL after her recent graduation from Southern Illinois University. Heading toward Houston, her plans include growing her successful on-line business, eventually reopening her hair and clothing boutique and getting her master’s in marketing. After speaking with her I came away knowing I spoke with … Read More

Stories from the Academics Department

A Note from Marlene Eby, Assistant Principal Hello to our CRSM Family, On Monday March 30th, Spring Break ended and CRSM students began their e-learning programs. Prior to the beginning of e-learning, Dr. Odiotti and I were in contact with all of our teachers and our various teams working and meeting via tele-conference to prepare our students academically, socially and … Read More

Congressman Brad Schneider Visits CRSM; Follows-up on Students’ Advocacy Trip to D.C.

You may remember that last November, five Cristo Rey St. Martin students traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In For Justice. They had a meeting at the office of U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 10th congressional district, Brad Schneider. The Cristo Rey Group focused their legislative advocacy on climate change and environmentalism. Congressman Schneider’s office scheduled a meeting … Read More

New Heights in Academic Achievement

Academic Achievements Dr. Michael Odiotti – Principal Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep In terms of key data points that we track; the percentage of students at a 2.0, the percentage of students at 3.0 and failure rate, we have matched or exceeded our all-time bests at the first semester. The fact that our GPA numbers continue to improve along … Read More

Junior Class with Discover Financial: a service opportunity and professional workshop

Many people know that Discover Financial Services is a leading partner for Cristo Rey St. Martin’s (CRSM) Corporate Work Study Program. What many don’t know is the corporation administers a highly developed and far-reaching volunteer program called Discover Cares, which empowers their employees to give back to the community. On October 25th the entire CRSM junior class (94 students) traveled … Read More