Earlier this month, we sent our annual school climate survey to all students. Students responded to questions about safety, school relationships, and school satisfaction. I am pleased to say that 94 percent of students agreed or strongly agreed that they were satisfied with life at Cristo Rey. Ninety-five percent of students agreed or strongly agreed that their teachers care about them.
We strive every day to live out the Jesuit call for cura personalis, or care for the whole person, and recent school and national events point towards the benefits of creating a caring community. Our annual Kairos retreat, for example, was successful in large part because our senior students felt comfortable exploring how their faith has developed and will continue to shape their futures as men and women for others. Our community also responded compassionately to episodes of school violence across the nation. We’ve prayed together as a whole community, discussed impact of violence in class discussions, and brainstormed ways students can bring positive change, from protest to involvement in the political process.
Community building never ends, and we are always seeking ways to show our care through our words and actions. In the climate survey, students were invited share any specific feedback with staff. Parents are also vital partners in school improvement. We welcome your input and presence here, and thank you for trusting us with your children.
Land O’Lakes gives Cristo Rey students a rich and varied experience. As part of the R&D team, our students work alongside food scientists. Izamara, a current ninth grader, has given out test panels to professional tasters. She has served popcorn, prepped strawberries, tried different types of goat cheese, labelled cheese boats, and served cheese. Junior Jose has helped with the development of new flavors of cheese, and visited a Land O’Lakes dairy farm. Sophomore Saaliya focuses on pasta, measuring it with a texture analyzer. Butter is sophomore Marco specialty. He measures how strong it is on with a special device. He also researches different edible oils, measuring their viscosity. All of the students work in the sensory lab, helping to test potentially new products.
Students also work closely with their men-tors and supervisors. Saaliya attended a women’s empowerment seminar. Izamara has been helping her supervisor and other colleagues learn Spanish. She has eaten tamales with her coworkers, attended a baby shower, and enjoyed seeing photos of a colleague’s trip to Europe. Land O’Lakes has also offered Cristo Rey students the opportunity to complement their professional experience with Talent Link courses from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
We are grateful for the opportunities our students have at Land O’Lakes.
Winter activities have come to a close. Both the girls basketball and boys basketball pro-grams had successful seasons, with the girls winning their first section playoff game in program history and finishing 3rd in the Twin Cities Athletic Conference girls tournament. The boys captured the regular season TCAC title and 2nd place in the TCAC Tournament. The boys season ended in the quarterfinals of the section tournament.
Spring sports are underway. CRJHS offers baseball, softball and track. We have over 25 boys out for baseball, 37 for softball and 45 for track. Our participation numbers continue to be excellent! Games and meets for all our spring sports will begin after Spring Break.
The Spring Musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," will be performed on April 12, 13 and 14 at 7 PM. There are no entry fees although the Fine Arts Department does accept donations with a smile!
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