The new Saint Malachy Catholic School is a $5 million learning facility, which serves students in Pre-K through 8th Grade. In this new space, our students will have access to a library and technology center, a science lab, a cafeteria, a music room, a peace room and, soon, an auditorium, a gymnasium, a new playground and playing fields.
Saint Malachy School students will benefit from new educational resources and programs proven to increase academic achievement. This fall, we are introducing Responsive Classroom, a research-based approach to K-8 teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community.
A key element of the Responsive Classroom method is “Morning Meeting,” an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, students and teachers gather together in a circle for 20 to 30 minutes and interact with one another during four purposeful components:
- Greeting: Students and teachers greet one other by name and practice offering hospitality.
- Sharing: Students share information about important events in their lives. Listeners often offer empathetic comments or ask clarifying questions.
- Group Activity: Everyone participates in a brief, lively activity that fosters group cohesion and helps students practice social and academic skills (for example, reciting a poem, dancing, singing, or playing a game that reinforces social or academic skills).
- Morning Message: Students read and interact with a short message written by their teacher. The message is crafted to help students focus on the work they’ll do in school that day.
In addition, we are joining with Seton Education Partners to implement their Blended Learning Initiative, which employs technology, small-group learning, creative problem solving and nationwide collaboration to substantially improve the academic performance of students. Seton’s Blended Learning Initiative combines teacher instruction with online learning that is individualized and based on each student’s needs or skills. The technology component enables each student to progress at his or her own pace and provides teachers with real-time data about student performance.
Members of the school’s faculty are enthusiastic about the new facility and the learning programs that are being introduced. Here’s what they are saying:
What excites me most about the new Saint Malachy School is that in an age where all you hear about is Catholic schools closing, Saint Malachy is expanding! We will have so many more opportunities to offer our students, like blended learning, which will put Saint Malachy at the forefront of Catholic education.
—William Eichler, Middle School Social Studies
I’m excited to have a brand new science lab where I can present my students with many engaging science investigations! —Bobby Rienzo, Middle School Science
What excites me most about the new St. Malachy School is being able to start my teaching career on a staff where community is emphasized and our children are able to take part in new opportunities through blended learning.
—Michelle Day, Middle School English Language Arts
I am thrilled to be teaching first grade in the new Saint Malachy School this year! The new building and available resources will support me in being an effective educator and setting my students up for success in this academic year.
—Brittany Leight, First Grade Teacher
What excites me most about the new St Malachy School is the community that is coming together to provide the best possible education for the students.
—Amy Nash, First Grade Teacher
I am very excited that all of the Saint Malachy family will finally be under one roof!
I’m also excited that the building is equipped with 21st century technology and there are separate and big spaces for the gym, cafeteria, music room and art room—and that there will be a technology center and library!!
—Sister Regina Dougherty, Music
What excites me most about the new St. Malachy School year is the creative freedom I have to help unlock student potential and artistic growth, and to do so feeling united with a strong community.
—Mia Walton, Art
I’m honored and excited to work in the new building. It is beautiful and a testament to the power of faith, hope and love.
—Cheri Johnson, Kindergarten Aide