Message from the Principal
Dear Cristo Rey Philadelphia Parents and Guardians,
“Good morning. I love you.” These are the words I use to begin many assemblies throughout our students’ time at 5218 North Broad Street. I want to remind our students that they are beautiful and sacred and extraordinary. I want to remind them that the foundation of our school is love. Seven years ago, we envisioned developing a school with a culture of unashamed and overflowing love—a love that nurtures and challenges, a love that seeks to understand, a love where tears are ok, and a love that laughs often. We also dreamed of a culture where doing your very best was an expectation, where joy would be found in hard work, where folks would cheer for each other, and where we would humbly recognize our mistakes and fiercely try to grow from them. We dreamed of a culture where successes and failures would be shared together, together, together.
I am proud that we—students, families, faculty and staff members—have created that culture.
That culture is evident. It is evident when you hear a teacher and a couple students laughing so loud together that it fills a hallway. It is evident when over 40 sophomores are in school on a Saturday working with their teacher on their Scarlet Letter papers. It is evident when you witness a small group of juniors caring for each other on the Kairos retreat as they open their invisible backpacks. It is evident when you listen to the thunderous applause from students when they learn a member of their House was just awarded First Honors. It is evident when seniors share much gratitude and a few tears when they tell a staff member they were just accepted to NYU or the University of Pennsylvania or Villanova University or LaSalle University. It is evident when they shout that they are going to college for free! It is evident when you simply watch the way people treat each other day-to-day.
I am proud to sing from any rooftop in Philadelphia about the extraordinary love and work and resilience of our students, faculty, and staff. And while my singing is off key, the lyrics are true. I hope this summer and throughout the year, you are inspired to find rooftops to sing with pride and joy and faith about the hard work and good work—our work—happening at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School.
“I am about to dismiss you for the last time. I love you.” These are the last words that I say to your students right before they walk off the stage at graduation in hopes that they take that 5218 love with them forever. It is with great excitement and faith that I look forward to the 2018-2019 academic year—one step closer to high school graduation, one step closer to college graduation, and one step closer to our students reaching their full potential and putting a dent in the universe.
Blue Pride Forever,
Michael Gomez, Ed.D.