Author Archives: jeffthielman

What’s in a Name?

Last Monday our school held a mass to celebrate Christ the King (the English translation of the Spanish Cristo Rey). To me, it’s always felt strange to think of Jesus as a king, and I want to consider what His … Continue reading

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The Why of Cristo Rey Boston

In his famous 2009 Ted Talk, author Simon Sinek says people know what they do each day. Some know how they do it. Few, however, know or think about why they do what they do. He tells companies that people … Continue reading

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Impact

As we watch our students cross the stage next Friday at the Strand Theater, the faculty and staff will be thinking about how each has grown during their four years at our school. Let me tell you about one young … Continue reading

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Freshmen Reflection

Yesterday, one of our teachers, Annemarie Grimaldi, asked her students at the beginning of class to reflect on what they have learned about themselves this year. Annemarie wrote in her email: “Sometimes it feels like no progress is made because … Continue reading

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Adult Ownership

We humans spend a lot of time talking about the world’s problems as if there is nothing we can do about them. “Somebody should do something about struggling schools, violence, poverty and other problems,” we say. We know that “doing … Continue reading

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The Playlist

All of our teachers and staff are Advisors to groups of about ten students, and this year I’m advising sophomores. Every Monday, a group of 15-year olds comes into my office for a 30-minute activity. Over the past month and … Continue reading

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$6,039

That’s the per capita income of our 9th graders this year. It’s the lowest in the Cristo Rey Network, an organization that exclusively serves low-income students. The average income of our freshman families is $23,824, and most of the households … Continue reading

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