Our faith unites us and as Jesus promised, "where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I among them" (Matthew 18:20). Faith formation classes are one of many ways St. Malachy students have the opportunity to grow closer to Christ. Our teachers use the Blest Are We curriculum series which is centered on learning about our Catholic faith along with Christian values such as forgiveness, compassion, service, and how we can model Christ. This learning reaches into the other areas of our curriculum as well as onto the playground and the playing field, into the home and neighborhood, and ultimately around the world.
Middle school students complete a variety of labs and lab write ups. They learn how to apply scientific inquiry to questions. They are able to manipulate many ideas, as well as objects and reactions. Our science curriculum exposes students to a variety of science fields and helps prepare them for high school.
In Middle School Social Studies, each grade explores a different part of our world. Students learn about the history, culture, government, and geography of various civilizations both past and present. 6th graders explore the Americas and Europe. 7th graders discover Africa, Asia, and the world religions. 8th graders learn about U.S. government and history using the We the People textbook and participate in the We the People Competition.
Middle school English uses a variety of sources to complete the many state standards in English. For reading, students use a digital reading series called Study Sync which is a division of McGraw Hill as well as Novel studies. The students participate in Daily Language Review to practice grade specific grammar skills. Students complete small writing assessments as well as the required larger writing pieces: narrative, explanatory, and argumentative. Both use the ILEARN scoring rubric to prepare for the stat assessment. Students learn to create Works Cited and formally use cited information in their writing.
Spanish is taught to students in kindergarten through 8th grades. Kindergarten through 2nd grade students enjoy Spanish once a week and third grade through 6th grade students participate in Spanish class twice a week. Finally, 7th and 8th grade students have Spanish three times a week. Students in the early grades are taught through a whole language approach. Older students analyze Spanish in order to comprehend, speak, read, and write in Spanish. The final semester of 8th grade is taught all in Spanish. All grades do activities to learn about Hispanic culture as well. If needed, students transferring into St. Malachy can receive extra help during the school day or after school in order to assist with transitioning into Spanish class.
We offer Art, Library, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, and Technology to all of our students. Elementary students have Art, Music, PE, and Spanish twice a week, and Library and Technology once a week. Our middle school students have Spanish and PE twice a week and Library once a week for the entire school year in addition to their Specials Block.
For middle school students, the first two class periods make up our Specials Block. The first quarter of the school year students have a Learning Lab using Freckle Education by Renaissance Learning. Then students rotate through the special classes for the next three quarters. Their special classes are Art, Music, Computer Science/Coding, Technology, Freckle, and E-Lab.
We are proud to offer a wide range of academic extra-curricular activities. From deanery to statewide competitions,
students from fifth through eighth grades are invited to demonstrate their skills in a diverse range of curricular areas.