September 2021 President’s Pen

“The value of life does not depend upon the place we occupy. It depends upon the way we occupy that place.” – Saint Therese of Lisieux Lately, people have been asking what it is like to be back in full-time classes at CRSM. My response is a single word, “Joyful.” It’s true. It is something more profound than happiness and … Read More

College Fair Helps Students Decide Their Future

More than 50 admissions counselors from colleges and universities filled the chapel and conference rooms, at Cristo Rey St. Martin Sept. 24, 2021, to help students decide their next steps after high school. The third annual college fair was organized by the college counseling department and was open to all CRSM juniors and seniors and their parents. The event gave … Read More

Elevate Festival Fundraiser: Lots of fun, friends and family!

Our annual Elevate Festival, Sept.17, 2021, was a big success as more than 150 friends and families gathered in the school parking lot to picnic, enjoy the live country-rock music from the Wichita Jacks —and most significantly, to help fund and support the mission of Cristo Rey St. Martin. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we raised $200,000 which … Read More

School Year Kicks off with Impressive Achievements

With a firm strategy of requiring vaccination, masks and other public health protocols, CRSM students, teachers and staff are successfully back in school and poised for a strong academic, work and service life undefeated by the disruptions of the past year and a half of the coronavirus pandemic. “This a monumental, magical moment,” President Preston Kendall said, welcoming more than … Read More

CRSM Supporters Gather for a “Ravinia-style” Festival & Fundraiser

          If you were traveling down Belvidere Road the night of September 18th, you may have seen the brilliant lights of an outdoor big screen and stage show. You would have been looking at Cristo Rey St. Martin’s 8th Annual ELEVATE Festival and Fundraiser. This year’s celebration was an outdoor, “Ravinia-style” festival, replete with socially distanced … Read More

On-Campus Summer School In Session: from the desk of Principal Odiotti

On June 15th, CRSM began its academic summer programs. Summer school classes begin at 7:30am and end at 1:00pm. Teachers Michael Appel, Jacob Larson, Kumkum Bonnerjee, Elizabeth Partenach and Darline Gonzalez are running the Summer Bridge and Enrichment Programs for incoming freshmen and sophomores – testing schedules and combinations of in-person and remote synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities.  Their experience … Read More

Growth Despite COVID-19 Challenges

Despite the challenges of COVID-19 our students once again surpassed national growth rates on standardized tests in both Reading and Math. For the first time in the school’s history every single senior was accepted into at least one BA/BS program. Our Seniors in the Work Study Program performed better than any other prior class. For the first time in the … Read More

Students & Teachers Acclimate to e-learning

Teachers and students have become more adept at e-learning, managing to institute radical changes in a few short weeks. 88% of students indicate that they are putting in 4-6 or more hours a day into their studies (44% of those indicate they are putting in more than 6 hours).  CRSM staff have put in vast amounts of time successfully moving … Read More

CRSM Supporters Rally at the Virtual Founders’ Fundraiser 

On Saturday April 18th, CRSM held its first Virtual Founders’ Fundraiser.  This year’s theme, We Are More Than a Building was particularly apropos.  As President Preston Kendall put it, “The problems caused by the pandemic are wide-ranging, including the necessary step to cancel our in-person Founders’ Fundraiser – but we can be together in spirit. It turned out just that … Read More