“It’s good to be uncomfortable”: An Interview with Josh Washington

  Josh graduated from CRSM in 2017. I spoke with him just after he received his degree in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics from Loyola University. Josh is a study in humility and competence. His record of achievement is remarkable given his young age – and there is much more to come. Thanks so much for making time for me, … Read More

English III Class Working with 2nd Graders Yields Unexpected Results

Elizabeth Partenach’s English 3 class partnered with Ms. Wachowiak’s 2nd graders at Park School in Round Lake with the goal of creating mentorships and learning to write with purpose.  The English 3 class wrote story books for the 2nd graders to read and review. They acted as “junior” editors for their CRSM writing mentors.  The assignment uncovered a budding children’s … Read More

Dr. Odiotti Wins The Golden Apple Award for Leadership

Principal Odiotti was selected as the winner of the prestigious Golden Apple Leadership Award from a nominated group of more than 120 school leaders from across Illinois. Watch the surprise award ceremony here: Dr. O. donated the prize money he received to CRSM – to support students, alumni and faculty.

Work Study Students Earn Microsoft Certifications

One of Cristo Rey’s missions is to prepare students for work.     Our Certified students “have demonstrated the ability to command the full features and functionality of Microsoft Word and Excel, preparing them for future academic or workforce opportunities.” For those Certified in Word 2019/365, these are some of the skills they have mastered: Advanced Find Options Formatting text & … Read More

Chicago Tribune and Crains in favor of Invest in Kids Tax Credit

Governor Pritzker’s upcoming budget proposes slashing the Invest In Kids Tax Credit Scholarship, and without legislative action, this critical program will be gone in 2 years. 100% of CRSM families qualify for this scholarship, and cutting this vital program now would be devastating. An article in Crains: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/orphe-divounguy-economy/reducing-inequality-starts-preserving-scholarship-tax-credits Editorial: Strengthen, rather than gut, a compromise that benefits all schoolchildren Four … Read More

Congratulations 2021 Senior Class! 100% College Acceptance!

For the second time in a row (and the second time in our school’s history) 100% of our seniors have been accepted into a 4-year Bachelors Program.    “We must stay nimble and flexible. This is especially true now in regards to managing the realities of this pandemic. We need to realize that we will have to constantly adapt and … Read More

Campus Ministry Continues to Fight the Effects of the Pandemic

  Campus Ministry has fostered a massive response of volunteers to work hand in hand with Northern Illinois Food Bank, helping to alleviate the effects of the pandemic. Since the end of January, CRSM has been hosting mobile food pantries; each event is providing much needed groceries for 1,000 families. Because of anticipated ongoing need, CRSM and NIFB are planning … Read More

CRSM English 3 Class Creates Writing Exchange for 2nd Graders

CRSM is bringing writers of various ages together in a cross-school project with Park School in Round Lake.    Elizabeth Partenach’s English 3 class is partnering with Ms. Wachowiak’s 2nd graders at Park School in Round Lake to create writing mentorships and exchange ideas.  The English 3 class will write story books that use literature to “achieve a purpose”.  Ms. Wachowiak’s … Read More

Polishing a Resume with CWSP & Winning a Scholarship to Study Abroad

While working on her resume with the Corporate Work Study Program, Katrina ’22 applied for a full scholarship to live and study abroad for an academic year from the U.S. Department of State’s Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program. Katrina won the scholarship and believes that crafting her resume was instrumental in winning the award, using her new … Read More