On 10th Anniversary, Old St. Mary’s School Welcomes New Principal

Principal Julie Kadrich to Continue South Loop Catholic School’s Commitment to Excellence in Academics Rooted in Faith

On its tenth anniversary year, Old Saint Mary’s School welcomes Julie Kadrich as principal. An experienced Catholic school leader, Kadrich will graduate OSM’s first eighth grade class during the 2013/2014 school year.  “Our exciting and vibrant community parallels the continued growth of the South Loop and city enrollment success of the Archdiocese of Chicago,” said Father Michael Kallock, Old St. Mary’s Pastor. “Principal Kadrich’s middle school expertise will be a great benefit as we see our first graduates enter quality, competitive Catholic high schools.”

Kadrich holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University. “OSM offers an appealing option for families: a rigorous academic program rooted in a firm foundation of the Catholic faith,” said Kadrich. “I hope to continue our mission to be one of the premier elementary schools in the city. Our focus is to prepare students for the challenges of the twentyfirst century and beyond by observing carefully, thinking critically, and responding compassionately to those in need.”

Most recently, Kadrich led St. Andrew Parish School, a Catholic school in Delavan, Wisconsin, as principal. She taught at St. Luke Parish in Brookfield, Wisconsin prior, serving as Forensics Coach and Drama Club Director as well as a mentor to teachers.

About Old St. Mary’s School:

The South Loop’s Old St Mary’s School is a ministry of Old St. Mary’s Parish, the first Catholic parish in Chicago established in 1833. The parish has been staffed by the Paulist Fathers, the first American community of priests, since 1903. The parish moved to the South Loop in 2002 and began growing a school in 2004 with 18 children. Today, the school serves over 350 students in preschool through eighth grade. The parish opened a brand new, state of the art school building along Michigan Avenue for the 2011/2012 school year.  In 2012, OSM participated in a yearlong School Improvement Plan (SIP) process, receiving formal state recognition by the Illinois State Board of Education. OSM is committed to preparing students to be productive, responsible and effective members of the world community.