Annual Report

What is an Annual Report?

Every year, St. Malachy School and all schools in the state of Iowa are required to report to the Department of Education about the progress of our students.

Throughout the 2015-2106 school year many goals were set and met such as:

*Teachers began receiving monthly professional development centered around effective teaching strategies.

*Teachers learned the basics of using all types of data to drive instruction and meet the needs of ALL learners.

*Teachers developed a Technology Plan with the goal of being 1-1 by 2018.

*Teachers sought ways to bring in more local community service opportunities for our students.

*To increase student scores in the areas of reading and math on Iowa Assessments.

As I write this we have completed the 2015-2016 school year and we are half way through the 2016-2017 school year with so much to be proud and thankful for!

*We are officially 1-1 in grades K-8 thanks to the new technology plan and generous donations.

*Kindergarten received a $9,000 grant to purchase a Smart Table for their classroom.

*Teachers continue to receive monthly PD and now attend trainings and Mass with other Diocesan teachers three times each year.
*All full-time teachers will attend the National Catholic Education Association conference in April 2017.   This will be an excellent opportunity for teachers to work with and design curriculum with the help of other Catholic Educators from around the nation.

*86% of our students in grades K-8 were proficient in both Reading and Math on the 2015-2016 Iowa Assessments.

*PK-8 students have all served our community outside of the classroom walls by visiting nursing homes, stocking the Creston Food Pantry and working at the Rectory ReRun.

I look forward to all the things we have yet to accomplish at St. Malachy School.  I am so blessed to be part of this great school and community.

God Bless,

Jennifer Simmons

Faith Formation

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Des Moines give the Information for Growth-Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (IFG-Acre) assessment as a progress monitoring tool for our Religion classes in grades five and eight.  This assessment lets us know how well our students are progressing in their understanding of Catholic doctrine as well as their own beliefs and attitudes.  This assessment does not report to us individual scores.  Instead, at St. Malachy School, we receive a total class score of our 5th graders and 8th graders in an overall score, a score in each domain, and a total affective score.  These scores allow us to review the work of Religion instruction in the whole school as this instruction builds across grade levels and over the years both at home and at school.  Student scores below the 64th percentile suggest improvement is needed, scores between the 64th and 86th percentile reflect proficiency, and scores above 86th percentile indicate advanced knowledge.


Content Standards: Science

At St. Malachy School, along with all schools in the state of Iowa, we are in the second year process of adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  This adoption process is preceded by professional development and collaboration with other science teachers in the Des Moines Diocese and surrounding communities.  These trainings and conversations will help prepare our teachers for a solid implementation of the new standards. The NGSS presents three dimensions that will be combined to form each standard: Dimension 1: Practices, Dimension 2: Crosscutting Concepts, Dimension 3: Disciplinary Core Ideas.

The final step will be raising the necessary funds to purchase curriculum that is aligned to the NGSS.  This curriculum will provide our teachers with the tools needed to provide our students instruction in the three dimensions the NGSS.

*if there are fewer than 10 students in a class then St. Malachy cannot publish achievement information.


Content Standards:  Reading

In 2013 St. Malachy School purchased the Journeys curriculum by Houghton Mifflin. Journeys was our school’s first step on a path to implementing a Balanced Literacy program.  Balanced literacy incorporates the elements of a Guided Reading program.  A Guided reading program allows for differentiated curriculum which means instructions is designed for students with different needs within the classroom.  Students spend time on fluency, comprehension, word study and the elements of literature.  As noted by the data St. Malachy is pleased with the results of using the journeys curriculum and plan to continue to use this program moving forward.  Now the teachers look at each student’s score individually and decided what intensive strategies they can use to make sure all of their students become proficient in reading.

*if there are fewer than 10 students in a class then St. Malachy cannot publish achievement information.



In 2014 St. Malachy School purchased the Go Math curriculum by Houghton Mifflin. Go Math is a comprehensive Grade K-6 mathematics program developed to support the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the NCTM Curriculum Focal Points. The program emphasizes Essential Questions and Big Ideas with depth of understanding as the goal.  Student scores have continued to show growth since Go Math first went into practice September 2014.  In the 2016-2017 school St. Malachy school won a grant to purchase a program called Spatial Temporal Math (ST Math).  This program is a supplemental math program that allows each student to work at his or her own pace to gain a visual understanding of math.  We are eager to see if this program will have a significant effect on our 2016-2017 Iowa Assessment math scores.

*if there are fewer than 10 students in a class then St. Malachy cannot publish achievement information.